The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) applauds the member countries of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) for inviting Mexico and Canada – the two largest US dairy export destinations – to join in the current TPP talks.
Both Canada and Mexico are partners with the US in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
John Kelly, IDFA manager of international affairs, said: “IDFA strongly supports Canada’s entry into the TPP because it will grant an opportunity to open trade in its restricted dairy sector, which has mostly been excluded under NAFTA.
“By contrast Mexico has been an excellent trading partner to the US dairy industry; it fully opened its dairy market to US exports under NAFTA.”
IDFA remains adamant that Canada must reform its milk supply management system if the TPP is to maintain the goal of a high-standard and comprehensive agreement.
"By its very nature, the Canadian milk supply management system effectively closes the country's dairy market to imports,” said Kelly.
Before Canada or Mexico will be allowed to fully participate in TPP discussions, the Obama administration must send a formal notification to Congress, informing them that the two countries have joined the TPP talks.
The TPP is currently being negotiated by Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the US and Vietnam. Japan has also expressed interest in joining the talks.
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