Member access

4-Traders Homepage  >  News

News

Latest NewsCompaniesMarketsEconomy & ForexCommoditiesHot NewsMost Read NewsRecomm.Business LeadersVideosCalendar 

NMPF - National Milk Producers Federation : U.S. Dairy Organizations Say Trans-Pacific Trade Deal Must Further Open Japan, Canada to Exports

02/27/2014 | 03:16pm US/Eastern

The ongoing - and so far, inconclusive negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), must result in the free trade of dairy products between the United States, Canada and Japan, according to organizations representing America's dairy farmers, processors and exporters. The U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) also say progress on market access into those two markets has been frustratingly slow, and U.S. negotiators shouldn't allow the process to drag on indefinitely.

The statement by the U.S. dairy groups follows ministerial-level meetings in Singapore this week on several contentious, yet-to-be resolved issues, including resistance by Canada and Japan to allow further market access for "sensitive" sectors, including dairy imports. The TPP involves a significant number of markets bordering the Pacific Ocean, including the United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern noted, "The U.S. dairy industry is prepared to eliminate all tariffs affecting dairy trade with Canada and Japan, as long as they do the same. If Japan and Canada are not willing to make an effort and offer realistic market access to the U.S., then they are not serious about being part of TPP."

"It is time to finish the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, including resolving the treatment of agricultural trade," said Tom Suber, president of USDEC. "The principle of creating comprehensive market access is too important to this and future trade agreements. Therefore, if Japan and Canada are not committed to this goal, we need to move forward without them."

Suber noted that the U.S. dairy sector, in consultation with government officials, "has been patient and flexible with our Japanese and Canadian friends, but we are running out of both patience and time. We strongly believe there is an achievable deal to which both countries can agree, but that deal must include substantial market access for our products. It cannot be any other way."

In addition to addressing market access, both organizations noted that any comprehensive agreement also must include effective disciplines for applying sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures that are science-based and enforceable, and preventing restrictions on the use of common food products.

Finally, the two U.S. dairy industry groups reiterated their concerns regarding New Zealand's monopolistic dairy structure that creates unfair commercial advantages for a single company, and reminded US negotiators that the TPP talks must address that concern.

The U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) is a non-profit, independent membership organization that represents the global trade interests of U.S. dairy producers, proprietary processors and cooperatives, ingredient suppliers and export traders. Its mission is to enhance U.S. global competitiveness and assist the U.S. industry to increase its global dairy ingredient sales and exports of U.S. dairy products. USDEC accomplishes this through programs in market development that build global demand for U.S. dairy products, resolve market access barriers and advance industry trade policy goals. USDEC is supported by staff across the United States and overseas in Mexico, South America, Asia, Middle East and Europe.

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), based in Arlington, Va., develops and carries out policies that advance the well-being of U.S. dairy producers and the cooperatives they collectively own. The members of NMPF's cooperatives produce the majority of the U.S, milk supply, making NMPF the voice of nearly 32,000 dairy producers on Capitol Hill and with government agencies.

distributed by
React to this article
Latest news
Date Title
05:22a Sri Lanka's new c.bank chief sees strong growth, chances of lower rates
05:22a FIRST QUANTUM MINERALS : Copper Production Rises, Mindful On Current Market
05:22a CHAUCER : Commences Manufacturing in the USA with New Freeze Dry Facility
05:21a PERSEUS MINING : Mines Joins Battle Against Ebola
05:20a EXCLUSIVE : Apple supplier Foxconn to shrink workforce as sales growth stalls
05:20a HK ELECTRIC INVESTMENTS : Announcement : Date of Board Meetings (2014 annual results)
05:20a TUC TRADES UNION CONGRESS : criticises George Osborne for complacent performance in Davos
05:19a AFREN : Shares Collapse As Financing Woes Worsen (UPDATE)
05:18a PG&E6CPREF : BRIEF: Power restored after evening outage in Scotts Valley
05:18a IOMART : Lands on MARS
Latest news
Advertisement
Hot News 
P2P GLOBAL INVESTMENTS : Raises GBP250 Million In C Share Issue (ALLISS)
ANGLE : Says Patient Data Backs Parsortix Use To Detect Ovarian Cancer
BROOKS MACDONALD : Says Second-Half Prospects In Line With Expectations
AFREN : Funding Problems Worsen As It Enters Talks With Bondholders (ALLISS)
POST : MOM Brands signs definitive agreement for sale of company to Post Holdings
Most Read News
01/26 NATUREX : takes driver position in quillaia market
01/26 AER LINGUS TO RECOMMEND $1.5 BLN OFFER FROM BA-OWNER : Rte
12:17aDJBLOOMBERRY RESORTS : Buys 12.2-Hectare Property in South Korea
01/26 Qantas lifts base ticket prices to offset dropping of fuel surcharge
01/26 PETROLEO BRASILEIRO PETROBRAS : Petrobras may book $20 billion asset write-down: Veja magazine blog
Most recommended articles
05:20a EXCLUSIVE : Apple supplier Foxconn to shrink workforce as sales growth stalls
05:17a Exclusive - Apple supplier Foxconn to shrink workforce as sales growth stalls
05:16a Dubai airport claims top spot for global passenger traffic in 2014
05:13a AIRBUS : Helicopters posts drop in 2014 orders, deliveries
05:10aDJOil Prices in Flux After OPEC Comment
Dynamic quotes  
ON
| OFF