Japan Pork Imports Could Rise
Richard Smith DTN Tokyo Correspondent
Wed Mar 19, 2014 02:14 PM CDT

TOKYO (DTN) -- U.S. pork will benefit little from a Taiwan Council of Agriculture (COA) proposal to import 3,000 tons of pork per month at half the import tariff, although Canadian pork may make inroads, depending on imports from other countries.

The tariff change comes on heels of a pork shortage in Japan due to porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED). To halt inflation initiated by rising pork prices, the COA is negotiating with the Ministry of Finance to lower the tariff from 12.5% to 6.25%, COA Deputy Minister Wen-Te Chen said. He was speaking at a March 12 question-and-answer session at ...

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