WASHINGTON – Although on July 7 President Obama announced progress on his pledge to double U.S. exports over the next five years, including the development of a new presidential advisory council on exports, his announcement was overshadowed by reports of a multimillion-dollar trade deal to facilitate New Zealand beef exports into China as a result of a recent bilateral trade agreement.
“While we’re certainly pleased to see the President once again emphasizing the issue of trade, so far, we haven’t seen much in terms of results,” said Steve Foglesong, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (N.C.B.A.) president. “It’s extremely unfortunate that our international competitors are moving forward on new trade deals while the
“Over the past three years and two administrations, we’ve seen little progress in opening the Chinese market to
N.C.B.A. continues to urge Congress to heed President Obama’s call to move forward on the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (K.O.R.U.S. F.T.A.). If implemented, the K.O.R.U.S. F.T.A. would reduce
“We’re continuing to lose ground to our competitors when it comes to agricultural trade and we’re still missing roughly $1.5 billion in annual beef exports as a result of unresolved beef market access barriers. Every new deal signed by our competitors puts