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AGRIBUSINESS: Trans-Pacific Partnership Concerns Beef Group

Posted on: 1:11 pm, February 7, 2014, by

The Five Nations Beef Alliance, which represents cattle producers in Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and the U.S., is expressing concerns with the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The Alliance is worried some members of the TPP talks, such as Japan, wish to exclude so-called sensitive products, like beef, from comprehensive duty-free access.

Japan’s government has stated its position that beef and pork must remain as sensitive products to maintain sustainable domestic production.

The Alliance says the final TPP agreement must deliver on the 2011 TPP Ministers’ position of eliminating tariffs and other barriers to trade.