Former agriculture secretaries support Peru FTA
Four former US secretaries of agriculture have expressed their support for the US-Peru free trade agreement, now pending in Congress, which could greatly improve pork, poultry and beef trade.
In a press release on the National Pork Producers
Council (NPPC) website, the effort of the four (Bob Bergland, John Block,
Dan Glickman and Clayton Yeutter) is described.
In a joint letter sent
to every member of Congress, they expressed their 'strong support' for the Peru
Trade Promotion Agreement (PTPA), noting that it "will achieve a more balanced
bilateral relationship in the agricultural
The former USDA secretaries, who
served in the Carter, Reagan, Clinton and George H.W. Bush
administrations, respectively, mentioned the geopolitical implications of the agreement:
"The United States must not turn its back on the opportunity the PTPA and the
other trade agreements (with Colombia and Panama) offer to strengthen economic
and political ties with Peru and other countries in the
Under the Peru TPA, more than two-thirds of current US farm
exports will become duty-free immediately. Tariffs on most US farm products will
be phased out within 15 years, with all tariffs eliminated in 17
In addition, Peru agreed to eliminate
its price band system on trade with the United States, and the United States and
Peru resolved a number of significant sanitary, phytosanitary and
technical-standards issues that had impeded or blocked US exports of beef, pork,
poultry and rice.
The Peruvian government, for example, agreed in
writing to recognise the meat inspection system of the United States as
equivalent to its own.
The Peru agreement is expected to be the first of
four pending free trade pacts to see congressional action. Free trade agreements
with Colombia, Panama and South Korea also are pending in
â€¢ United States Department of
â€¢ National Pork
Producers Council (NPPC)
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