(Christopher Galen – Nebraska Rural Radio Association)
The eradication of Canada’s damaging pricing policies and exorbitant tariff barriers must be a key focus of U.S. government trade officials as members of the House Ways and Means Committee head to Montreal this weekend for the fifth round of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations, according to the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC).
The removal of Canadian dairy policies that negatively impact U.S. dairy trade is the first of three critical goals both organizations said today must be emphasized by the U.S. trade delegation in Canada. In a letter to House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee Chairman David Reichert (R-WA) and Ranking Member Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) – both of whom are attending the talks – NMPF President & CEO Jim Mulhern and USDEC President & CEO Tom Vilsack urged lawmakers to also focus on preserving the current duty-free U.S. market access in Mexico granted by NAFTA, and improving other key areas affecting agricultural trade, such as preventing the misuse of geographical indications (GIs).
NMPF and USDEC Senior Vice President Jaime Castaneda is also in Montreal this week, engaging with trade officials from all three participating nations regarding the same objectives. Click here to read more.