Thailand’s GSP Eligibility Reviewed Over Market Access for U.S. Pork
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has announced plans to review Thailand’s eligibility for benefits under the Generalized System of Preferences. A schedule for USTR’s review, which will include a public hearing and comment period, will be announced later. A separate review of Thailand’s GSP eligibility based on a petition filed by the AFL-CIO remains ongoing.
The National Pork Producers Council requested this review based on allegations that Thailand is not meeting the GSP criterion requiring beneficiaries to provide equitable and reasonable market access, in this case for exports of U.S. pork. According to USTR, the NPPC alleges that Thailand maintains an array of import restrictions on U.S. pork, including a ban on uncooked pork and offal products and a ban on imports of pork produced with ractopamine that has not been justified by a science-based risk assessment. The NPPC also contends that the government of Thailand rarely, if ever, grants import licenses for U.S. pork and that the few shipments that are licensed are charged excessive inspection fees.