Organisations urge Congress to pass FTAs
The agriculture coalition for Latin American trade,
including National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) and 44 other food and
agricultural organisations, this week sent a letter to Congress urging lawmakers
to approve Free Trade Agreements with Colombia and Peru.
If approved, the trade deals will give US food and agriculture producers
access to more than 71 million consumers.
The letter states that
"both of these FTAs provide important new market access benefits that will
stimulate US exports, create US jobs and strengthen rural
"Indeed, the Colombia and Peru Trade Promotion Agreements
are widely viewed as being the best ever negotiated on behalf of US
"Many US food and agricultural products will become
eligible for duty-free treatment in these countries immediately upon entry into
force of the agreements and virtually all will receive duty-free treatment over
specified phase-in periods."
The organisations emphasise that both
countries have taken 'important steps' to eliminate key sanitary and
phytosanitary barriers to US exports, "including lifting meat inspection
barriers to our beef, pork and poultry products."
â€¢ National Pork
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