Canadian Pork Council

Canadian Pork Council

March 07, 2005 14:49 ET

Canadian Pork Council Not Surprised by Trade Rulings


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FOR: CANADIAN PORK COUNCIL

MARCH 7, 2005 - 14:49 ET

Canadian Pork Council Not Surprised by Trade Rulings

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 7, 2005) - The U.S. Department of
Commerce (DOC) released final decisions today on the countervail and
antidumping cases against Canadian live swine exports. Petitions were
launched on March 5, 2004 by the U.S. National Pork Producers Council
(NPPC).

The DOC reconfirmed its August 2004 preliminary determination that
Canadian hog producers do not receive countervailable subsidies, but
finalized dumping margins for the Canadian exporters who were
investigated in this case. Dumping occurs when product is sold in the
U.S. market at less than fair value. The rates established by the DOC
were Ontario Pork - 12.68%, Hytek - 0.53% (de minimis), Premium Pork -
18.87% (Hytek and Premium Pork not included in 'all others' rate), Excel
- 4.64%. The "all others" rate established is 10.63%.

"We are not surprised by today's ruling. We reject the NPPC's claims
that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and
exporters of live swine," says Clare Schlegel, President of the Canadian
Pork Council. "Furthermore, Canada and the U.S. operate in the same
integrated North American pork market. Canadian swine producers are no
more dumping than are U.S. hog producers. We all function in the same
price structure. Despite a trade law written to find dumping in almost
every case, Canadian pigs and hogs are not injuring the U.S., but rather
contribute to the very success of the North American sector."

"Now, the focus is on the final injury determination by the U. S.
International Trade Commission (ITC), continues Schlegel. "We fully
expect the ITC to determine that Canadian hog exports are not causing
injury to the U.S. industry."

The ITC determination is due in April. In the event where the ITC finds
imports of live swine have not injured, and do not risk injuring, the
U.S. hog industry, the case will end and all duty deposits will be
refunded.

The Canadian Pork Council is the national association representing the
interests of Canada's hog producers.

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    (613) 236-9239 x.277