Washington, DC—The U.S. share of global agricultural exports will continue to erode in the coming years if the Congress does not act soon on trade promotion authority (TPA), AMI Vice President for International Trade Leonard W. Condon said today in testimony before a Senate panel.
The Senate Subcommittee on
Production and Price Competitiveness questioned
representatives of several commodity groups
about why the U.S. agricultural exports have
declined over the past several
Condon and other agricultural
representatives said unanimously that exports
were hindered by high tariffs and non tariff
barriers worldwide. To remedy this, Condon
urged the panel to restore TPA as soon as
possible. President Bush has called for the
restoration of TPA before the WTO Ministerial
meeting in Doha, Qatar, in November.
“Clearly, if the Congress and the
Administration cannot resolve this issue ...
the new launch of global trade negotiations
will be at risk,” Condon said. Failure to
launch a new round of negotiations will
accelerate the proliferation of bilateral and
regional agreements that do not serve the
U.S.’s global interests, Condon said.
Condon told the committee that while
the meat and poultry industry has done well in
the past few years, these products reach only a
handful of export-friendly markets. Currently,
most U.S. meat exports go to Mexico, Canada,
Japan and Korea.
" ... While our exports
have been doing well, a closer examination of
our export profile shows that our exports are
restricted to a few countries. In general,
global access for U.S. meat and poultry remains
severely restricted by high tariffs and
numerous sanitary barriers, not all of them
legitimate,” Condon said.
stressed that foreign market development and
promotion is an important tool for boosting
exports. Two government programs funded by
USDA under the Market Access Program (MAP) and
Foreign Market Development Program (FMD) help
support the activities of the U.S. Meat Export
Federation. USMEF in turn uses these funds to
assist exporters in developing foreign markets
and promoting sales.
of the U.S. meat industry clearly demonstrates
that a modest investment in foreign market
development can yield major benefits to the
U.S. economy by boosting export sales
exponentially,” Condon said.
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Trade Promotion Authority the Only Route to Increased U.S. Agriculture Exports, AMI Official TestifiesWednesday, August 1, 2001
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