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REGULATORY
GLOBAL IMPACT
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A robust and resilient supply chain is essential for
the growth and success of US pet food exports.
By Gina Tumbarello | petfoodprocessing@sosland.com
Beyond the country's shores, there lies an expansive
market that US pet food manufacturers are tapping into.
The global appeal of American-made pet foods cannot
be understated.
In 2022, the US exported a staggering $2.48 billion
worth of dog and cat food, highlighting the international
demand for American pet food products and the industry's
significance on the global stage. China, a major
player in global trade, stands out in this context. With
US pet food exports to China reaching $264 million in
2022, it solidified its position as the second-largest export
market. This year has shown even more promise;
by July, exports to China surged by 55% compared to the
same timeframe in 2021.
Such numbers not only emphasize the growing appetite
for US pet foods in China, but also the vital role
that exports play in the financial health of US pet food
manufacturers, which brings into focus a related and
crucial aspect - the need for a robust and resilient supply
chain, especially when it comes to exports. The complex
weave of suppliers, manufacturers, distributors and
retailers means any disruption, however localized, can
ripple through the system with considerable impact.
Given the recent supply chain disruptions at West
Coast ports, the potential threats to port efficiency, and
the United States' dependency on imported vitamins,
the resiliency of the supply chain has never been more
critical for the US pet food industry.
West Coast ports
Recent developments at West Coast ports have sharpened
the American Feed Industry Association's (AFIA) focus on
the importance of supply chain stability. The International
Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) recently ratified
a new labor contract with its waterfront employers, which
promises to bring enhanced labor stability, potentially reducing
the unpredictability of cargo movements. This development
is significant for various industries, including
pet food, that rely heavily on these trade ports.
Historical context underscores the significance of
this ratification. In the past, strikes and slowdowns have
posed challenges, caused massive disruptions, led to the
diversion of shipments and, ultimately, created unreasonable
and costly delays that have hampered US pet
food manufacturers' ability to ship to overseas markets.
Additionally, when one thinks about the hundreds of
ingredients that go into pet foods, US pet food manufacturers
rely on the import of several micro-ingredients.
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