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Multi-Association Letter Affirms Support for Comprehensive, High-Standard T-TIP Agreement; Separate Letter Urges TPP Passage

Thursday, June 30, 2016

(North American Meat Institute)

The U.S. Food and Agriculture Dialogue for Trade Agreements, to which NAMI and the U.S. Hide, Skin and Leather Association belong, sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman underscoring support for a comprehensive, high-standard Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) agreement that resolves the most stringent European Union (EU) market access issues for U.S. food and agriculture products. The group expressed concern that the EU has successfully exempted sensitive agricultural sectors and regulatory barriers from meaningful liberalization in other trade agreements. In particular, the group took issue with the EU's high tariffs and restrictive quotas on many U.S. agricultural exports, and called for the removal of onerous and unjustified non-tariff barriers, citing geographic indications and sanitary and phytosanitary measures.

Meanwhile, NAMI joined more than 400 businesses, companies and associations in 20 states that sent letters to members of Congress, urging them to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade agreement involving the U.S. and 11 other Asia-Pacific region countries that, combined, account for approximately 40 percent of global gross domestic product. The letters detailed the benefits of TPP to individual states.

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