Secretary Vilsack and Ambassador Tai Announce New Agreement to First Authorize American Pork and Products in India

WASHINGTON, January 10, 2022 – US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Trade Representative Katherine Tai today announced that the Indian government has agreed to allow imports of US pork and pork products to India, removing a barrier long-standing in the American agricultural trade. The news follows the successful revitalization of the US-India Trade Policy Forum held in New Delhi in November 2021, in which Ambassador Tai spoke about the importance of access for American pork with Indian Minister of Commerce Piyush Goyal.

“This new opportunity marks the culmination of nearly two decades of working to gain access to the US pork market in India – and it signals a positive move in US-Indian trade relations,” Secretary Vilsack said. “We will continue to work with the Indian government to ensure that the US pork industry can begin shipping its high quality products to consumers as soon as possible.”

“India’s agreement to allow imports of US pork for the first time is great news and an important development for US producers and for Indian consumers,” Ambassador Tai said. “We will continue to work to strengthen the trade relationship between the United States and India and I appreciate Minister Goyal’s efforts to facilitate this important development.

In 2020, the United States was the world’s third-largest pork producer and the world’s second-largest exporter, with global sales of pork and pork products valued at $ 7.7 billion. In fiscal 2021, the United States exported more than $ 1.6 billion worth of agricultural products to India.

More details on export requirements to India are available from the USDA Food Safety and Food Inspection Service Export Library at: www.fsis.usda.gov/ wps / portal / fsis / topics / international-affairs / exporting-products / export-library- country / India requirements.

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