Pork: Research Reaches WTO

Panama notified the international organization of its decision to initiate a safeguard investigation into certain cuts of fresh, chilled or frozen pork.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

According to Resolution No. 003 of May 3, 2019, published in the Gaceta Oficial (Official Gazette), the Panamanian government ordered "to begin an investigation for the possible imposition of safeguard measures to the product Pork meat, fresh, chilled or frozen; in carcasses or half carcasses, bone-in or boneless, fit for human consumption, requested by the Asociación Nacional de Porcinoculturoes de Panamá (ANAPOR)."

See "Pork Imports: Research in Panama

According to a statement by the World Trade Organization (WTO), on May 14, 2019, Panama notified the WTO Committee on Safeguards that it had decided to begin a safeguard investigation on May 3, 2019 on certain fresh, chilled or frozen pork.

A WTO document explains that "... According to the applicable legislation, any exporter and/or association producing the investigated product that has an interest in participating in the investigation, shall have a 30-calendar day term starting from the 7 days following the date of publication, in order to provide all the information, argument or evidence related to the determination of the existence of increased imports, injury and the causality relationship between both elements.

Also see "Central America Consumes More Pork Meat"

Prensa.com reviews that "... The World Trade Organization (WTO) established June 20 as the deadline for countries that send pork to Panama can justify the increase in marketing of this product, given the warning that such activity could be damaging local production."

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Pork Imports: Research in Panama

May 2019

The government ordered the start of an administrative investigation to determine whether safeguard measures on pork imports are warranted.

According to Resolution No. 003 of May 3, 2019, published in La Gaceta Oficial, "it is ordered to initiate an investigation for the possible imposition of safeguard measures to the product Meat of pigs, fresh, chilled or frozen; in carcasses or half carcasses, bone-in or boneless, fit for human consumption, requested by the National Association of Pig Producers of Panama (ANAPOR)."

Pork Meat: U.S. Import Tariffs

April 2019

Arguing that the import quota allocated for this year was reached, Panama applied a special safeguard measure on certain fractions of pork products originating in the USA.

The measure applies to pork in carcasses or half carcasses, legs, shoulders, and their bone-in pieces, hams, and pork ribs, so now importers will have to pay a regular tariff of between 40% and 70% to import pork from the aforementioned U.S. country.

Central American Pork Producers at Risk

April 2015

Pork producers in Costa Rica are starting to look for new markets for their products, which will compete from 2020 with meat imported from the USA and Canada which is duty free.

Currently in Costa Rica 5000 metric tons of pork per year are imported and only 500 tons are exported, mainly to Central America.

Panama Protects Dairy and Pork in FTA with Mexico

March 2014

Entrepreneurs in both sectors celebrated the exclusion of these products from the Free Trade Agreement between Panama and Mexico.

Entrepreneurs in the National Cattlemen's Association (Anagan) and the Pig Breeders Association of Panama (Anapor) welcomed the decision in the FTA negotiations that took into account the request to withdraw these products from the Treaty.

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