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The American Feed Industry Association congratulates Gregg Doud on his confirmation as chief agricultural negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). The Senate confirmed Doud yesterday following a lengthy hold placed on his nomination, and with myriad trade issues affecting the animal food manufacturing industry, AFIA believes he is the right person for the job.
“The need for continued and expanded market access into growing areas of the world is critical for the long-term success of the U.S. animal food manufacturing industry,” said AFIA President and CEO Joel G. Newman. “Doud has a strong background in agriculture, and we look forward to working with him on representing the industry’s interests in the ongoing discussions on the North American Free Trade Agreement and the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement.”
The U.S. animal food manufacturing industry relies heavily on trade. Exports support thousands of jobs across the feed industry and associated industries. In the case of NAFTA, specifically, U.S. animal food exports to Canada and Mexico have almost tripled since its implementation, from just over $500 million in 1994 to $3 billion in 2016. Much of this success stems from the tariff-free access the United States has with the two countries. Without NAFTA, tariffs on exports to Mexico, and likely Canada, would revert to World Trade Organization rules, meaning several feed products would no longer enjoy zero tariffs. Withdrawal from this agreement with the United States’ two most valuable trade partners would be devastating for the U.S. feed industry and American agriculture.