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Key Topic – NAFTA

UPDATE: On May 18, the Trump administration officially notified Congress of its intent to renegotiate NAFTA. A Federal Register notice will be published soon requesting public input on the direction, focus, and content of the NAFTA negotiations.

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.