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NGFA urges accelerated U.S.-Japan deal

NGFA urges accelerated U.S.-Japan deal

(Posted on 24/04/19)

The National Grain and Feed Association in the USA (NGFA) joined nearly 90 agricultural organizations in urging the U.S. Trade Representative to negotiate a trade deal with Japan that restores, expands and accelerates meaningful access for U.S. food and agricultural products.

“As the fourth largest market for U.S. agricultural products, improved access to Japan is imperative for the continued growth of the sector and the millions of American jobs it helps support,” states the April 22 letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

The U.S. and Japan kicked off talks for a free trade agreement last week, with Lighthizer and his Japanese counterpart, Economic Revitalization Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, completing two days of initial talks on April 16.  President Donald Trump is scheduled to host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the White House this week. 

NGFA and other agricultural groups noted that the U.S. food and agriculture industry is increasingly becoming disadvantaged by competing regional and bilateral agreements that Japan already has negotiated and begun implementing, including the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the European Union-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EU-Japan EPA).

“In recent weeks, Japan cut tariffs for the second time on agricultural imports from the European Union and CPTPP member countries,” the letter states. “As a result, U.S. exporters of wheat, beef, pork, dairy, wine, potatoes, fruits and vegetables, and other products are facing collapse of their Japanese market share as these lucrative sales are handed over to their competitors.”

A trade agreement with Japan must include market access provisions that at least equal the terms of the CPTPP and the EU-Japan EPA in the first stage of implementation, the groups said.

The letter also stipulates that a trade agreement must include an accelerated phase-in of tariff cuts “to ensure the U.S. is not facing a disadvantage on tariff or TRQ quantity access compared to other countries.”

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