Beef producers from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, U.S. and Mexico this week asked negotiators taking part in the Trans Pacific Partnership ministerial meeting in Hawaii this month to ensure quality market access for beef products.
Negotiators and trade ministers from the 12 TPP countries will meet in Maui in late July, with the goal of reaching agreement on the outstanding issues across the TPP agenda.
The countries, part of the Five Nations Beef Alliance, say it is vital that a comprehensive, trade liberalizing deal be finalized.
They say the TPP would help to ensure that beef producers and their supply chain partners can "reap the maximum benefits of the envisaged tariff cuts" and that "commercial entities can utilize the other trade-facilitating elements of the agreement as soon as possible."
As the TPP negotiations wind down, the Five Nations Beef Alliance said momentum in the final stages should be maintained. The group supports trade reform, highlighting potential benefits of more seamless trade rules, reduced costs and "less red tape."
The FNBA has consistently called for a non-discriminatory, plurilateral TPP deal that will liberalize the trade in beef products and thereby provide beef farmers, processors and exporters with new opportunities across much of the Asia-Pacific region.
The Alliance has been buoyed by positive signals from various TPP governments in recent weeks.
"Now is the time to convert this into action - and deliver on the vision of “a comprehensive, next generation regional agreement that liberalizes trade and investment and addresses new and traditional trade issues and 21st century challenges," the group said.
FNBA comprises the Cattle Council of Australia, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, Confederacion Nacional de Organizaciones Ganaderas, Beef + Lamb New Zealand, and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.
Together, the groups represent producers from countries that account for one-third of global beef production and approximately half of global beef exports.