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Dairy groups call on USTR for proactive trade

Dairy leaders say the U.S. needs to expand trading opportunities to strengthen supply chain resiliency.

Becky Rasdall with the International Dairy Foods Association testified last week during a U.S. Trade Representative public hearing.  

“The future growth and prosperity of our industry depends on our ability to export on a fair playing field relative to competitors like the EU and New Zealand, who continue to actively pursue preferential market access through trade negotiations,” she says.

Rasdall says the dairy processing sector’s nearly $7 billion of investment in the pipeline hinges on the performance of dairy exports.

Tony Rice, Trade Policy Director with the National Milk Producers Federation and the U.S. Dairy Export Council, says the U.S. needs to eliminate barriers to free trade.

“Including the reduction and ultimately elimination of tariffs on U.S. dairy exports, protections for the use of common food names, strong dispute settlement provisions to hold trading partners accountable, and dairy specific elements to address particular trade barriers present and our partners’ markets,” he explains.

Rasdall also highlighted supply chain difficulties the dairy industry faced throughout the pandemic and the need for more transparency throughout the exporting process.

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