FACT SHEET: Biden Administration Helps North Carolina Turkey Farmers by Lowering Tariffs for Exports

WASHINGTON – Today, United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai will travel to North Carolina. During her visit, she will join Governor Roy Cooper for a tour of North Carolina State University’s Talley Turkey Education Unit. Following the tour, she will participate in a roundtable with North Carolina turkey producers.

North Carolina is one of the United States’ largest exporters of turkey. This month, the Office of the United States Trade Representative announced a major agreement with India to reduce tariffs on U.S. turkey exports. This will give North Carolina farmers and agriculture producers greater opportunity to reach India’s large, untapped market for turkey exports.

All data below has been provided by the USDA.

North Carolina’s Turkey Industry

  • North Carolina is the third-largest state exporter of turkey, accounting for about 10% of U.S. turkey exports to the world each year. 
  • From 2017 through 2022, North Carolina averaged $50 million in annual exports of turkey products to the world.
  • 16% of all U.S. turkey production in 2022 was slaughtered in North Carolina.
  • The leading U.S. state for turkey meat production, North Carolina’s production was valued at $1.1 billion in 2022. North Carolina ranks second only to Minnesota in number of birds raised.
  • North Carolina exported $774 million of poultry and products in 2021.
  • North Carolina exported about $70 thousand in turkey to India in 2019 and 2021, which was less than 1% of North Carolina’s total turkey exports to the world, and did not export anything in 2022. 

National Turkey Industry

  • From 2017 through 2022, the U.S. exported over $3.1 billion of turkey to the world.
  • In 2022, the U.S. exported $98 thousand of turkey to India.

Recent USTR Market Access Wins for U.S. Agriculture in India

  • September 8, 2023 – U.S. and India reduce tariffs on frozen turkey, frozen duck, fresh blueberries and cranberries, frozen blueberries and cranberries, dried blueberries and cranberries, and processed blueberries and cranberries.
  • June 22, 2023 – U.S. and India agree to reduce tariffs on certain U.S. products, including chickpeas, lentils, almonds, walnuts, apples, boric acid, and diagnostic reagents.
  • February 2023 – India agrees to cut tariffs on U.S. pecan exports by 70%.
  • January 10, 2022 – USTR secures market access for U.S. pork and pork products in India.