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Meat Institute Details Meat and Poultry Industry Negotiating Objectives for U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

The Meat Institute outlined key meat and poultry industry negotiating objectives and priorities for a bilateral U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement in comments submitted to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. The Trump Administration, in October, notified Congress of its intention to enter into trade negotiations with Japan and subsequently requested public input.

The Meat Institute said U.S. beef exports should at least receive the same tariff benefits that have been granted to competitors under the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), which enters into force on December 30, 2018, and urged trade negotiators to phase out import tariffs on U.S. pork.

The Meat Institute also expressed support for inclusion in a bilateral agreement of a strong chapter on sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures to prevent non-scientific and unduly burdensome SPS import regulations from limiting U.S. meat and poultry exports to Japan.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Food and Agriculture Dialogue for Trade Asia-Pacific Working Group, to which the Meat Institute belongs, also submitted comments reaffirming NAMI’s beef, pork, meat byproducts and SPS priorities, while calling for the removal of all existing tariffs and tariff-rate quotas.

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