ASA Outlines Priorities for NAFTA Trade Talks

August 15, 2017 11:34 AM

As the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation discussions get underway the American Soybean Association (ASA) wants to keep farmers’ interest at the forefront.

“We don’t want to do any harm to the U.S. agricultural trade we’ve established over the last 23 years with Canada and Mexico,” said Ron Moore, president of ASA.

The group doesn’t want to see the U.S. “backslide” the trade relationships created with Canada and Mexico. In addition, they are prioritizing adding biotech language in the renegotiation “similar to what was in Trans-Pacific Partnership the U.S. withdrew from,” Moore adds.

The biotech language ASA is suggesting would include provisions for “low level presence” in the countries—the first such standard ever included in a trade agreement, which could set a standard for future countries. The group believes this type of policy will help facilitate trade and innovation in trade expansion.

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