133 Food, Ag Organizations say ‘ready to work with President Trump to modernize NAFTA”

January 29, 2017 |

In Washington, 133 organizations and companies from the food and agriculture sector, representing more than 15 million jobs nationally, sent President Donald J. Trump a letter this week expressing their eagerness to work with his Administration to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement while preserving and expanding the gains achieved to date.

“U.S. food and agricultural exports have produced a trade surplus for nearly 50 years,” the letter notes.  “Consistent growth over this period resulted in over $130 billion worth of exports, which created $423 billion in U.S. economic activity in 2015.”  The letter also noted that in the 20 years since NAFTA was implemented, the market integration it fostered helped quadruple the value of U.S. food and agricultural exports to Canada and Mexico. With a few key sector exceptions that still require attention, North America intraregional food and agriculture trade is now free of tariff and quota restrictions. Because of these market access gains, the food and agricultural sectors of the North American region have become far more integrated, as is evidenced by rising trade in agricultural products and substantial levels of cross-border investment in the agriculture and food sectors>

The complete letter can be read here.

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