National Milk’s NAFTA Priorities
The National Milk Producers Federation has laid out three main priorities as the United States re-negotiations the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada:
- Preserve opportunities created through NAFTA (particularly in Mexico);
- Improve on the existing agreement through new rules that ensure a continued growth in commerce;
- Address remaining tariff and nontariff concerns related to Canada, including the elimination of the Canadian Class 6 and 7 pricing schemes hurting American dairy exports.
NMPF has also been encouraging members of Congress to get involved to pressure the Trump Administration to take action, and concurs with a letter sent to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer regarding Canadian actions on dairy imports. The letter was sent by Pat Roberts, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee and ranking member Debbie Stabenow. That letter asked the Trump Administration to “evaluate all tools available to help mitigate any damaging effects that directly result from this program and allow U.S. dairy producers to compete with Canada on a level playing field.”