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AMI Urges Administration to Include Japan in Trans-Pacific Partnership

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

(American Meat Institute)

AMI joined a diverse group of food and agricultural organizations in urging Obama Administration to work quickly and closely with Japan to smooth the way for Japan’s full participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). 


“The addition of Japan to these negotiations would enhance the significance of the TPP and make the agreement much more encompassing.  The inclusion of Japan would generate enormous interest and support among the undersigned organizations.  It would also spur even broader interest among other Asia-Pacific countries that could lead to the type of Asia-Pacific regional arrangement envisioned by the Administration when you embarked on these talks last year,” stated the letter sent to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.


The letter noted that Japan’s economy is second only to China’s in the region, and it is our fourth largest agricultural export market overall, despite maintaining substantial import barriers in the food and agricultural sector.  Even with these barriers, our exports to Japan in 2010 totaled nearly $12 billion. 


“Japan is ready to join other nations in entering into trade agreements that are critical to its future economic well-being and global competitiveness.  Japan is almost certain to enter into free trade talks with the European Union in 2012 and will be looking to negotiate with other countries if its TPP bid is rejected,” the letter stated.


“The opportunity to include Japan in the TPP negotiations must be seized.  It is an opportunity that may not present itself again,” the letter concluded.


To view the letters in their entirety, click here http://www.meatinstitute.org/ht/a/GetDocumentAction/i/74234.

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