(Posted Thu. Jun 28th, 2012)
June 28: The National Corn Growers Association was pleased to hear the U.S. joined current Trans Pacific Partnership members in inviting Canada and Mexico to join negotiations. Canada made its official request to join TPP in March 2010. Mexico initiated its efforts to join in November 2011. Canada and Mexico’s participation in TPP is significant because it ensures all NAFTA partners have a seat at the negotiations.
“With both Mexico and Canada being in the top ten export markets for U.S. corn, this is a welcomed announcement,” Chad Blindauer, Chair of NCGA’s Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team said. “The USDA forecasts U.S. farm exports to reach $134.5 billion in FY 2012. Broadening participation in TPP helps solidify market share in important export countries and expand opportunities in an area of the world with a growing market potential. That is a win for U.S. ag exports.”
NCGA supports TPP contingent upon market access schedules of existing FTAs. NCGA also encourages USTR to remain committed to the high standard, 21st century outlined in current TPP negotiations and to recognize the tremendous potential of increased trade in the Asia Pacific region.
The Office of the United States Trade Representative will now launch a series of Congressional consultations on negotiating objectives.