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NMPF, USDEC Punctuate Japanese Leader’s U.S. Visit with Appeal on Dairy Trade

May 11, 2015

NMPF and the U.S. Dairy Export Council marked Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s state visit to Washington last month by publicly urging his Asian nation to go further in reducing trade barriers to U.S. dairy products.

In ads placed in Washington publications Politico and Roll Call, the groups welcomed Abe to the capital, but said the U.S. dairy industry cannot be left behind in negotiations over a massive, 12-nation Pacific free trade agreement. “Both our countries will win with increased trade,” NMPF and USDEC said in their open letter to Abe. “Join us in helping the dairy producers, processors and consumers in both our countries by lowering barriers and increasing U.S.-Japan dairy trade.”

Abe’s visit included formal meetings with President Obama on April 28 and an address to a joint session of Congress on April 29.