AGRIBUSINESS: Grassley Weighs In On Japan TPP Talks

A bipartisan group of Senators led by Chuck Grassley is urging U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to fully open the Japanese ag market in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The Senators point out that the United States has succeeded in comprehensive agriculture sector liberalization in past trade deals, even in developing countries.

According to the letter there is a delicate balance of concessions on the table already, and if Japan is allowed to keep certain ag products classified as “sensitive,” other countries will undoubtedly follow suit.

The Japanese Government has stated its reservations on opening access to products like beef, pork, and wheat, which it says must be exempted from tariff elimination to protect domestic production.