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REGULATORY
KEEPING TRADE AT
THE FOREFRONT
Notable opportunities and challenges
for the US pet food export market.
By Gina Tumbarello | GTumbarello@afia.org
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At the beginning of the year, a new presidential administration
came into office amid a growing pandemic and
a nation facing an economic recession. President Joe
Biden made it clear that his administration would address
domestic policy issues first, punting trade policy to
a later time. With rising vaccination rates and states reopening,
we are seeing the fruits of those initial efforts,
but where does that leave the United States' trade agenda
and what does it mean for the US pet food industry?
While the coronavirus pandemic has certainly impacted
how our US pet food manufacturers operate, it
has not diminished the essential role they play in keeping
our pets fed, at home and abroad. The lockdowns
led to a spur in pet adoptions and a growth in global
pet food production, according to Alltech's 2020 Global
Feed Survey. In fact, it experienced its largest growth in
three years and is one of the few sectors of global feed
production to benefit from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Global pet food exports increased more than 15%, with
the United States' pet food export value increasing by
over $90 million, or 5.6%, over 2019.
The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) continues
to look for ways to improve US competitiveness
and market access for pet food abroad, including prioritizing
holding China to its recent trade commitments
and pursuing new opportunities in Vietnam. The AFIA
is also urging the Biden administration to renew the
now-expired Trade Promotion Authority, which would
give the US strong negotiating power as it looks to expand
trade in the future.
China
China's pet population has traditionally been small
and rural but has grown in recent years alongside the
Chinese economy and per capita income. In the past five
years alone, cat and dog populations have increased 79%
and 24% respectively. The Chinese people are starting
to view pets as part of their families, which has been facilitated
by the government's liberalization of urban pet
ownership. This new attitude toward pets is resulting in
increased spending on pet-related goods and services,
such as grooming, health care, and commercial pet food
and treats.
Additionally, the growing awareness of nutritionally
balanced, packaged pet foods has modernized attitudes
toward feeding pets. Pet food manufacturers have been
working to educate Chinese consumers on the nutritional
benefits of complete-and-balanced pet food, which
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The AFIA continues
to push for
negotiated trade
agreements that
will benefit US pet
food and treat
manufacturers.
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