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U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba Submits Written Comments to House Agriculture Committee

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

(North American Meat Institute)

The Meat Institute joined other organizations of the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba in sending a letter to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway (R-TX) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-MN) to provide written comments in response to the House Agriculture Committee's hearing on American Agricultural Trade with Cuba. The Coalition argues U.S. agricultural trade with Cuba is at a competitive disadvantage compared to foreign countries, since current restrictions require Cuban buyers of U.S. agricultural products to pay cash in advance of the purchase or to finance the transaction through third-country banking institutions. The Coalition urged Congress to pass legislation that allows private financing of U.S. agricultural exports to Cuba, and to reject any language that would reverse or hinder America's ability to fully compete with other countries currently exporting agricultural and food products to Cuba.

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