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December 5, 2019

U.S.-Japan Trade Deal Nice, But Only Goes Part Way

 |  By: Jim Dickrell

While U.S. dairy officials are applauding the Phase One completion of the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement, they say Phase Two negotiations are critical to giving U.S. dairy farmers fair access to the Japanese market.

A study completed earlier this year by the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) shows that if U.S. farmers had the same access as competitors, that access would roughly double U.S. share of the Japanese market over the next decade.

“We know that American-made products can fill the growing Japanese demand for high-quality dairy, but a comprehensive Phase Two agreement is necessary to deliver the complete range of market access opening and assurances necessary to ensure that U.S. dairy products can best compete,” says Tom Vilsack, USDEC president and CEO.

“We agree with the Administration that the market access in Japan under the TransPacific Partnership wasn’t sufficient,” says Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation. “U.S. negotiators must achieve a better outcome for U.S. dairy farmers in a final [U.S.-Japan] agreement to remedy this.”