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National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) reports:

While the U.S. continues to pursue trade agreements with Kenya and the UK, negotiations are being delayed due to the COVID worldwide pandemic. This week, the U.S. and Kenya temporarily paused trade talks due to concerns that Kenyan officials were possibly exposed to COVID.

The two countries began trade talks earlier this week. In late April, NPPC submitted comments to the U.S. Trade Representative on a trade deal between the two countries, noting that an agreement has the potential for a significant increase in the demand for U.S. pork products, but import duties and all non-tariff barriers on U.S. pork need to be fully eliminated. Meantime, COVID is also being blamed for delaying trade talks between the U.S. and the UK.

Trade negotiations formally began in May and both sides were hopeful for an agreement ahead of the U.S. presidential election in November. In October 2018, the Trump administration announced its intention to negotiate a trade agreement with the U.K. NPPC is supportive of negotiations, provided the agreement eliminates tariff and non-tariff trade barriers on pork.

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