NMPF Catalogues Key Trade Barriers for USTR
November 7, 2014
NMPF joined the U.S. Dairy Export Council last month in detailing for the office of the U.S. Trade Representative some of the key trade barriers affecting the domestic dairy industry. The organizations submitted 18 pages of comments as part of USTR’s annual exercise of summarizing important trade barriers to U.S. exports.
The comments covered a range of issues, including Japanese and Canadian dairy tariffs, closed markets in Russia and India, regulatory challenges in China, and European Union efforts to erect nontariff barriers to U.S. cheese exports around the world. The organizations said EU efforts to restrict the use of common cheese names by non-EU producers “put at risk hard-won U.S. market access opportunities” and “must be vehemently rejected as the protectionist measures they are.”
USTR’s annual National Trade Estimate helps focus efforts to preserve and expand U.S. export opportunities.