USCA chairman comments on NAFTA renegotiation
May 19, 2017
(WASHINGTON) – May 19, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer formally notified Congress of the Administration's intent to renegotiate the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). United States Cattlemen's Association (USCA) Trade Committee Chairman Leo McDonnell issued the following statement:
"Since the signing of NAFTA, U.S. cattle producers have experienced distorted and unfair trading practices with both Canada and Mexico. The current trade disparities have resulted in economic harm over the years to cow-calf producers, backgrounders and feedlot operators."
"This notice triggers a 90-day consultation period in which the Administration, Congress and members of the business community can begin discussing how to best modernize the existing agreement and address the challenges faced by America's farmers and ranchers in an increasingly global marketplace."
"President Trump campaigned on the promise of ensuring fair trade deals for all; today marks an important opportunity to address the unfair treatment of cattle and beef in NAFTA. Specifically, we hope that President Trump will take this chance to strike any provisions that may prevent the reestablishment of a Country-of-Origin-Labeling (COOL) program for U.S. beef products."
"USCA looks forward to continuing to work closely with the Administration to ensure that cattle and beef products are traded freely and fairly under an improved and modernized NAFTA."