Editor’s note: Tom Vilsack testified recently before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. His testimony supported swift ratification of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement by Congress.
OPINION Food and agricultural exports are critical to America’s rural economy. The modernized U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement will achieve more-robust and fair trade among the United States, Mexico and Canada.
There are specific gains in the agreement for the U. S. dairy industry.
- a strengthened U.S. trade relationship with Mexico, the largest U.S. dairy-export destination
- important advances in removing and reforming key trade-distorting Canadian dairy-pricing policies – including Classes 6 and 7
- increased dairy access to Canada, a dairy market largely excluded from the current North American Free Trade Agreement framework
- strengthened safeguards for U.S. companies to use common food names through new commitments to intellectual-property due-process procedures; two side letters with Mexico will preserve market access for many of those products
- strong sanitary and phytosanitary provisions focused on ensuring the best scientific standards for food safety while discouraging unscientific barriers to safe food exports