Key Topic – NAFTA
On May 18, 2017 the Trump administration officially notified Congress of its intent to renegotiate NAFTA. A Federal Register
notice was also published with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) accepting public comments on the direction, focus, and content of the NAFTA negotiations. The comment period ended June 14. Formal negotiations could begin in August 2017.
From USMEF’s standpoint, it is absolutely essential that U.S. negotiators protect the benefits that NAFTA has delivered for U.S. red meat exports and the importance of maintaining duty-free access for these products in Mexico and Canada. The U.S. industry must be prepared to defend the favorable terms currently in place for U.S. meat and explain the importance of the Mexican and Canadian markets, which currently take about 40 percent of U.S. pork export volume and 30 percent of our beef exports. In addition, USMEF noted in its comments
that NAFTA’s chapter on sanitary and phytosanitary measures should be strengthened and that the agreement should accommodate e-commerce.