Organisations urge Congress to pass FTAs

21-02-2007 | |

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 economies.

“Indeed, the Colombia and Peru Trade Promotion Agreements are widely viewed as being the best ever negotiated on behalf of US agriculture.

“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.”

Important steps

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.”

Related websites:
• National Pork Producers Council

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