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AMI Hails Congressional Passage of Free Trade Agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Contact: Tom Super, 202-587-4238, tsuper@meatinstitute.org

Attribute to AMI President and CEO J.Patrick Boyle:

“Congress’ passage today of long-stalled free trade agreements (FTAs) with South Korea, Panama and Colombia is a major victory for America’s agricultural sector, our meat and poultry industry and our economy.  AMI is grateful that our leaders in Washington have come to a consensus that will finally allow American agriculture the opportunity to compete fairly in these highly sought after global markets.

“When fully implemented, these three FTAs have the potential to be the biggest shot in the arm to the meat and poultry industry since the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1994.  Results of an impact study conducted in part by AMI found that full implementation of the three FTAs will represent an additional $2.3 billion in exports and the creation of approximately 29,500 badly needed jobs here at home. 

“AMI is grateful to our trade negotiators for their work, and to Congress for their swift action and bipartisan cooperation, on making these ‘pending’ trade agreements a reality.”



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