For the first time, India would allow pork imports from the US

The United States announced on Monday that India would allow imports of American pork and pork products for the first time, and celebrated the lifting of a long-standing blockade on the country’s agricultural trade.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and US Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai made the announcement in a statement.

"This new opportunity marks the culmination of nearly two decades of work to gain access to the US pork market in India, and signals a positive move in trade relations." between the two countries, Vilsack stressed.

At the US-India Trade Policy Forum held in New Delhi in November 2021, Tai spoke about the importance of Indian market access for US pork.

"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.", he promised.

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, according to USTR data.

Last year, the United States exported more than $ 1.6 billion in agricultural products to India.

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