A group of Senators recently wrote to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to push for broad market access for U.S. pork in the countries that are part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks. The lawmakers said the negotiations represent an opportunity for the U.S. to open new markets to U.S. pork in the Asia-Pacific region, to expand existing markets and to establish a standard for future trade agreements. They urged Froman and Vilsack to insist that all tariffs and non-tariff barriers on pork in TPP partner nations be eliminated as part of the TPP agreement. The National Pork Producers Council strongly supports a comprehensive TPP agreement that eliminates all tariff and non-tariff barriers to U.S. pork.
NPPC President Randy Spronk notes increasing pork exports are important to many more Americans than just pork producers. He notes more than 110-thousand U.S. jobs are generated by U.S. pork exports. Spronk says a comprehensive agreement that gives the U.S. pork industry more access to the markets of the TPP countries will be good for pork producers and the U.S. economy
Source: NAFB News Service