AFIA Encouraged by USTR's EU Negotiating Objectives

January 18, 2019

Contact Gina Tumbarello, Director of International Policy and Trade

The American Feed Industry Association is pleased to see the Donald Trump administration include agriculture in its trade negotiating objectives with the EU, but cautions against seeking these objectives in stages, rather than in a single negotiation.

“The EU represents the fourth largest export market for animal food with over $444 million in exports in 2017, but U.S. animal food manufacturers continue to face a number of trade barriers, which prevent their products from actively competing in this important market,” said AFIA's President and CEO Joel G. Newman. “AFIA urges the administration to move forward on an agreement that supports risk-based regulations and removes both tariff and non-tariff barriers, which are stripping U.S. animal food manufacturers of opportunities to compete fairly and openly in the EU market.

“We strongly support the Trump administration’s efforts to strengthen the United States’ trading relationship with the EU, address barriers keeping U.S. agricultural products from competing fairly in this important market, and urge that this work is done in a single undertaking. We look forward to working with USTR as the process moves forward."