Weekly USMEF Audio Report: U.S. – USMCA Ratification Will Help Ensure Consistent Access for U.S. Red Meat Exports
DENVER, CO -December 16, 2019 – Trade officials from United States, Canada and Mexico reached agreement on revisions to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), and the updated version was signed Dec. 10 in Mexico City. The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to consider USMCA this week, and the prospects for approval increased considerably following a recent announcement by key Democratic leaders in support of the revised agreement.
U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) President and CEO Dan Halstrom explains that while U.S. pork, beef and lamb currently enter Mexico and Canada duty-free under NAFTA, ratification of USMCA will help solidify the three nations’ trading relationship and bolster confidence in the U.S. industry’s ability to provide consistent, reliable supplies of red meat to these two important markets.
The U.S. Meat Export Federation (www.USMEF.org) is the trade association responsible for developing international markets for the U.S. red meat industry. It is funded by USDA; the beef, pork, lamb, corn and soybean checkoff programs, as well as its members representing nine industry sectors: beef/veal producing & feeding, pork producing & feeding, lamb producing & feeding, packing & processing, purveying & trading, oilseeds producing, feedgrains producing, farm organizations and supply & service organizations.
Submitted to the BARN by:
Vice President, Communications
U.S. Meat Export Federation