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US cuts Thailand’s tariff benefits after long-running pork dispute




Thailand’s duty-free privileges for US$817 million in exports with the US are to be revoked from the end of this year, according to US President Trump in an announcement yesterday. The President blamed a lack of progress in opening the Thai market to US pork products. Trump’s letter announcing the action follows more than 2 years of threats and negotiations with Thai officials over issues ranging from access to Thailand’s markets for US goods and the documented inadequate labour rights in the south east Asian nation.

Washington will now eliminate some tariff benefits for Thailand, accusing the country of failing to allow imports of pork from US producers.

US cuts Thailand's tariff benefits after long-running pork dispute | News by Thaiger

GRAPHIC: Global pork production in 2020, by country (in 1,000 metric tonnes) –

The suspension of the Generalised System of Preferences access follows a suspension earlier this year on about $1.3 billion worth imports from Thailand, which once had such privileges for about US$4.4 billion in exports to the United States.

The US Trade Representative’s office said the list of products includes mango, pineapple, manicure kits, steel pipes and precious stones., auto parts, dried produce, tools, electrical products and aluminium kitchenware.

Writing to the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, President Trump said… “I have determined that Thailand has not assured the United States that Thailand will provide equitable and reasonable access to its markets.”

GSP, Generalised System of Preferences, is a 70s-era program of US trade preferences for developing economies aimed at improving workers’ rights and access to broader markets.

“The US Trade Representative’s office also announced that it had closed other GSP eligibility reviews with no loss of benefits for Georgia, Indonesia and Uzbekistan. It also said new GSP reviews were opened for Eritrea based on concerns about workers’ rights.”

SOURCE: Reuters | VOANews |


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    Johnny Rambo

    Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    Very good decision of the US. They should completely abolish trade with Thailand. This dictatorship has to pay for it’s isolation policies. Also tourists should boycott Thailand as soon as they reopen the borders. Lets see how long Thailand can survive without foreign.

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    Toby Andrews

    Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    One more Thai rip off detected and stopped.

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      Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 6:46 pm

      Very good decision for Thailand. China will be more than happy to buy more pork and Thailand don’t need to buy the hormones-pumped American meat.

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    Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 6:32 pm

    Not a big deal. Export to other countries.

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      Bobby m

      Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 9:45 pm

      I am afraid it’s not that simple,

      you can not export to countries that don’t want to import from you. They are customers and will make their own choices. If they don’t want to buy your produce. Then they wont, it’s as simple as that. You don’t get to choose or insist I’m afraid.

      Trade agreements can take years to agree.

      The world is watching and at the moment, I believe they don’t like what they are seeing.

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      preesy chepuce

      Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 1:07 am

      Like who? China?

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    Bobby m

    Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    And so it begins.

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    Toby Andrews

    Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 12:01 am

    They have the same scam with all countries.
    They export paying cheap tariffs, and import charging big tariffs.
    This has been going on for years.

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      Bobby m

      Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 7:55 am

      As I say mate.

      And so it begins.

      Political unrest, Trade sanctions, investment restrictions and terminations. They are about to feel the reality of isolation and a failing economy. They have brought it upon themselves by failing to balance a pandemic along with an economy.

      The world is at war with a pandemic and sadly, people will get sick and people will die, but life and the economy has to go on
      Just the same as any other war.

      Common problems for a country run by a dictatorship, driven by corruption and steeped in nepotism. Lots of people in jobs they are not genuinely qualified for or have the ability to do. Hence, lots of ridiculous ideas.

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    Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 11:34 am

    Um, mark my conspiracy theory in a few years… food shortages are coming. This is just part of the plan to ration food. We are heading into an ice age and life is going to very different in about 5-10 years

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    Mike White

    Monday, November 2, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    Before I retired I worked maintenance hated working with black iron pipe from Thailand you’d have to reset the dies from pipe to pipe no quality control

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 11:40 pm

      You get what you pay for – if you want QC, pay for it.

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