U.S.-EU Trade Negotiations

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – Negotiations between the U.S. and the EU on a comprehensive free trade agreement were launched in July 2013. Access for U.S. beef, pork and lamb exports today is limited by restrictive tariffs and quotas and a range of non-tariff barriers, including the hormone ban and the EU’s ban on the use of beta agonists. To produce commercially meaningful access for U.S. red meat exports, the TTIP negotiations will need to address all of these restrictions.

UPDATE: The 15th round of TTIP negotiations was held in October 2016 in New York. Unfortunately the two sides reportedly made little progress on agricultural trade issues. It is not yet clear how the Trump administration will approach TTIP, or when U.S. and EU trade officials will next meet on this topic.

UPDATE: Following a Sept. 10, 2018 meeting between U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, USTR issued a statement indicating the meeting was constructive and outlining an upcoming schedule of U.S.-EU trade talks in late September, October and November 2018.

UPDATE: On Oct. 16, 2018, USTR notified Congress that the Trump administration intends to negotiate three separate trade agreements with Japan, the European Union and the United Kingdom. USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom issued the following statement:

“USMEF’s membership, which includes all sectors of the U.S. red meat supply chain, commends the Trump administration for its decision to move forward on trade negotiations with these key trading partners. Global demand for U.S. pork, beef and lamb is strong and exports are on the rise, but we must have a level playing field for this growth to continue. This is a critical step toward reducing tariffs and other trade barriers – especially in Japan, which is our leading value market for red meat exports. The importance and urgency of the U.S.-Japan trade negotiations cannot be overstated. Japan is a tremendous market for U.S. beef and pork, and recently reopened to U.S. lamb. Among our primary competitors in Japan’s red meat arena, Australia, Mexico and Chile are already benefiting from economic partnership agreements (EPAs) and others will soon capitalize on the Japan-EU EPA and the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership, which will be implemented in the coming months. This makes it even more essential that the United States secures similar terms for U.S. red meat products.”