US Pork Producers Raise Concerns About Taiwanese Import Restrictions

The Office of U.S. Trade has raised concerns over Taiwan’s decision to ban pork exports containing ractopamine, a livestock feed additive that stimulates lean growth and assists in generating food supply.

Representatives from the U.S. Trade office issued their 2021 report, which claims that Taiwan’s inclusion of maximum residue limits (MRL’s) for ractopamine incorrectly assumes a health issue with U.S. pork products. 

This would include requirements for relabeling of products, incurring further cost to manufacturers in Taiwan and potentially pushing them towards locally based distributors.

The report also raised concerns about Taiwan’s testing method for ractopamine, which the U.S. Trade office says does not comply with internationally recognized standards for testing.

The U.S. has raised concerns with Taiwan’s trade laws in the past, particularly during the World Trade Organization Committee in October 2020. Taiwan discussed ractopamine restrictions during the event after having decreased MRL’s on U.S. beef imports in August 2020.

The trade deficit between Taiwan and the U.S. was nearly $30 billion in 2020, which is a 30% increase over 2019’s deficit. The U.S. exported $30.5 billion worth of goods to Taiwan, which was a decrease of 2.5% over the prior year. The U.S. imported over $60 billion worth of goods from Taiwan in 2020, and was in Taiwan’s top 10 export market for goods.

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