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Carpenter Pens Op-ed Underscoring NAFTA's Benefits, Detailing Modernization Priorities

Thursday, January 25, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

An op-ed by Meat Institute President and CEO Barry Carpenter details the benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) for the U.S. meat industry and underscores the principal regulatory reforms the industry supports in a renegotiated agreement. In the op-ed, published in Agri-Pulse, Carpenter affirms the industry's calls for a "do no harm" approach to agricultural trade in a modernized NAFTA and urges the Administration to "preserve the core tenets of the agreement that yielded highly integrated supply chains in the meat and livestock industries and exponentially expanded meat trade within the North American Market in the past two decades." In particular, Carpenter asserts protecting and building upon zero-tariff market access for U.S. meat products in Canada and Mexico better positions the industry to "withstand stiff global competition from increasingly strong competitors like the European Union and Australia."

Carpenter also emphasizes the importance of removing remaining technical and non-tariff barriers that undermine U.S. exports through the adoption of an updated sanitary and phytosanitary chapter that is rooted in sound science. Moreover, Carpenter contends the negotiations present an opportunity to promote regulatory cooperation and convergence of mutually recognized standards, including the establishment of a common window for an E-document transmission and communication system in the NAFTA region to facilitate review and clearance of cross border meat shipments, among other reforms.

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