USDEC: Dairy needs positive TPP package
The head of the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) testified before the Senate Finance Committee, April 24, supporting of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement negotiations and the need for a positive dairy outcome in those trade discussions. In his testimony, USDEC president Tom Suber highlighted four key areas as vital to achieving a positive overall dairy package:
• High-quality and enforceable Sanitary/Phytosanitary (SPS) measures to improve TPP trading conditions by strengthening reliance on scientific and risk-based requirements while maintaining the ability of all countries to preserve food, animal and plant health.
• Export market access opportunities, through securing fully open access for U.S. dairy products into Canada and Japan, as well as Vietnam and Malaysia.
• Meaningful reform of excessive market concentration in New Zealand’s dairy industry as a necessary precursor to any expansion of U.S.-New Zealand dairy trade.
• Improved guidelines aimed at preserving the use of common food names such as parmesan and feta, which the European Union is seeking to allow only European manufacturers to use.
Suber said without major reforms in New Zealand and without other dairy market access opportunities in the TPP, the U.S. industry would lose $20 billion over the first decade of the agreement.
A copy of USDEC’s testimony can be found here.