NCBA news: Beef producers need comprehensive TPP deal

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WASHINGTON - Beef producers from the four largest beef producing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) member countries continue to advocate that any TPP agreement must deliver on the 2011 TPP Ministers’ position of eliminating tariffs and other barriers to trade.

Beef producers of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States, working in a coordinated partnership known as the Five Nations Beef Alliance (FNBA), issued a statement today expressing concern at the possibility that some TPP members may seek to exclude some so-called “sensitive” products from comprehensive, duty free access.

Granting a TPP member any such exclusion would result in other members seeking similar treatment, leading to a decline in the agreement’s level of ambition and the resulting economic growth that it would bring.

The alliance also called for each TPP member to provide equal market access to all other TPP members, including during the transition period, in order to ensure that competitive disadvantages are not created and also to set clear expectations of the level of commitment required from any potential future TPP members.

The beef producers also noted the importance of adopting science-based regulations and incorporating trade facilitative rules of origin in the TPP.

The FNBA comprises the Cattle Council of Australia, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, Confederacion Nacional de Organizaciones Ganaderas, Beef + Lamb New Zealand and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Together, FNBA represents producers from countries that account for one-third of global beef production and approximately half of global beef exports.

The full FNBA statement is available here.

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Susie Q.    
February, 07, 2014 at 08:42 AM

Gotta agree with the Aussies and Canadians. We can't seem to produce enough beef any more here in the U.S. Something has gone terribly wrong with American beef producers so now beef prices in the supermarket are simply obscene. We desperately need beef from Canada, Australia, Brazil, Argentina - anyplace where producers still know how to get the job done. I wonder why American producers have suddenly lost their touch? Maybe these exorbitant supermarket beef prices are the logical result of trade restrictions? We need open trade from outside the U.S. to keep everybody honest around here.

tony newbill    
powell butte , Or  |  February, 07, 2014 at 05:19 PM

I think there needs to be lots more debate about what we the people will be giving up as far as our Liberties go, take a look at this link and look at the left side of all the things that will be lost by the individual in this trade policy ,

sd  |  February, 08, 2014 at 09:17 PM

Could it be that producing cattle to make beef for consumers simply has not been profitable, and I'm not certain it really is yet today even with higher prices. Considering that cost have escalated at an even faster rate! Too much grass (which cows need to eat) has been plowed under to raise corn and soy beans for high profits, and consumers resist beef prices which are high enough to pay fair prices for raising the cattle. Too many people criticize those who make a profit. One has to many people can afford to work simply for the fun of it. Raising cattle can be fun, but 'fun' just doesn't pay the bills! When did 'profit' become a dirty word, anyway, and why?????

tony newbill    
powell butte , Or  |  February, 09, 2014 at 07:44 AM

Consider what this video shows has happened with the wrong kinds of trade policies and we can then see the need to renegotiate Free Trade as FAIR TRADE policies ,

ks  |  February, 11, 2014 at 02:20 PM

Most americans don't have any disagreement with profit. But they do have concerns with windfalls and grossly inflated CEO salaries that have resulted from the pure capitalistic approach currently in vogue.

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