U.S. Meat and Poultry Groups Support Administration’s Stance on TPP Negotiations

April 17, 2014

Washington, D.C. – Five meat and poultry organizations thanked President Barack Obama for the Administrationā€™s efforts in the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. The letter, delivered late yesterday, stated:

The undersigned organizations, representing United States meat and poultry producers and processors, applaud the strong stance your Administration has taken in negotiations with Japan on access to that nationā€™s market for U.S. meat and poultry exports. We appreciate that, in the latest round of talks in Tokyo on a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, your representatives did not capitulate to Japanā€™s continuing attempts to maintain protectionist barriers to our products.

As you are well aware, the ramifications of giving in to Japanā€™s desires to protect their agricultural products go well beyond our sector. A bad precedent with Japan could lead to future TPP-acceding nations such as China demanding massive exemptions from tariff elimination in industrial and high-tech products. This would be a damaging outcome for a wide swath of our nationā€™s commerce, agricultural and otherwise.

Thank you again for your strong stance in the ongoing TPP effort. We look forward to a positive outcome in your negotiations that we can enthusiastically support in the Congressional ratification process that will follow.

The letter was signed by American Meat Institute, National Cattlemenā€™s Beef Association, National Chicken Council, North American Meat Association, and the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council.

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