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NAFTA Negotiators Meet in DC for Ongoing Modernization Talks

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

(North American Meat Institute)

Representatives from the U.S., Canada and Mexico are meeting this week in Washington, DC to continue North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) modernization talks. Negotiators are expected to address issues related to rules of origin, financial services, regulatory practices and sectoral annexes. Discussions also will focus on state-owned enterprises, telecommunications, customs, digital trade and technical barriers to trade, among others. More controversial topics like agriculture, dispute settlement, investment and government procurement are not currently on this week's agenda.

An op-ed authored by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) expressed strong support for NAFTA and detailed the benefits of the agreement for U.S. agriculture. Roberts noted the value of U.S. agricultural exports to Canada has increased by 265 percent and to Mexico by 289 percent. Roberts contends NAFTA withdrawal would impede U.S. economic growth and would have serious consequences for American farmers, ranchers and consumers.

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