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USMEF Statement on U.S.-Japan Trade Negotiations

Published: Sep 27, 2018

Following their summit meeting in New York on Sept. 26, President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that the U.S. and Japan will enter negotiations on a trade agreement. More details are included in this joint statement. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue also issued a statement noting the importance of Wednesday's announcement for U.S. agriculture.

USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom issued the following statement:

Japan is the leading value market for U.S. beef and pork, and there is tremendous room for further export growth. But for that to happen, tariff relief is absolutely essential so that U.S. red meat is on a level playing field with our main competitors. USMEF is very encouraged by the commitment to open negotiations on a U.S.-Japan trade agreement, with specific inclusion of agricultural market access. We hope to see rapid progress in these negotiations.


USMEF media contact:

Joe Schuele 303-547-0030

Posted Sept. 27, 2018