01-25-17 USCA Statement on U.S. Withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership


USCA Statement on U.S. Withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership

(WASHINGTON) – United States Cattlemen’s Association President Kenny Graner commented on President Trump’s executive order to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement:
“USCA remains committed to expanding and improving upon market access for all U.S. beef products.  However, such trade agreements must only be entered into when strong safeguards are in place that protect U.S. producers from import surges. Such safeguards include: the
classification of cattle and beef as perishable and cyclical items, rules of origin, quantity and price safeguards, and upward harmonization of import and health and safety standards. The Administration should look to these objectives in the negotiating of any free trade agreement.”

“USCA looks forward to working with the Administration on advancing U.S. beef exports across the globe while maintaining a safe and sustainable domestic supply.”

Established in March 2007, USCA is committed to concentrating its efforts in Washington, D.C. to enhance and expand the cattle industry’s voice on Capitol Hill.  USCA has a full-time presence in Washington, giving cattle producers across the country a strong influence on policy development.  For more information go to www.uscattlemen.org