NAWG: How CPTPP Will Impact U.S. Wheat

March 13, 2018 10:50 AM

Before Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was fired from his position Tuesday, he mentioned how a study of how the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) will impact the United States after the members of the original TPP was officially implemented the pact last week in Santiago, Chile.

U.S. agricultural groups like the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) say the threat to market share is significant, especially in Japan.

“Once they sign TPP and once the first six countries change their domestic laws to comply, TPP goes into action,” said Chandler Goule, CEO of NAWG. “The U.S. will eventually be a $65 disadvantage per metric ton of wheat, roughly 500 million the first year.”

Goule says wheat industry leaders traveled to Japan earlier in 2018, and when asking about a bi-lateral agreement with Japan, the response was clear.

“The Japanese government was very clear they are not interested in a bilateral agreement,” he said. “They told the U.S. Wheat Associates that we need to do everything we can to join TPP.”

Goule says the message has been sent in a letter to President Trump. He believes the U.S. has lost some of its leverage and ability to negotiate since it left the TPP after Trump was inaugurated.

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Spell Check

bad axe, MI
3/14/2018 06:34 AM

  Trump wants to keep his asset values at current levels and trade agreements with others abroad don't garner that . US has to much internal debt to trade with anyone at a profit.

Augusta, ME
3/14/2018 08:27 AM

  It's a global economy and if we don't want to join we will lose. Yes, our goods will somehow ultimately get sold but it will be at a lower price than what we would like or could probably get if we joined the rest of the world in trade partnerships. What in Gods name is that madman in DC doing to us!!!

Scobey, MT
3/14/2018 05:55 PM

  Rural USA helped elect this egomaniac and now he's doing exactly what he promised. Our competitors will be laughing all the way to the bank! November, 2020 will seem like an eternity.