Dairy organizations from the U.S. have collaborated with dairy groups from Australia and New Zealand to issue a joint letter to their respective trade and agricultural officials that requests an “ambitious, comprehensive and commercially meaningful” resolution in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, according to the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA).
In the letter, the groups urge officials to see the partnership as an opportunity for farmers and processors while opening up the markets for more safe and affordable products. According to IDFA, the groups specifically call for "significantly increased dairy market access" with Japan and Canada.
"Our neighbor to the north needs to come to the table now with a substantial offer on dairy," said Connie Tipton, president and CEO of IDFA. "The U.S. dairy industry will not accept another deal like the North American Free Trade Agreement that allows Canada to exclude dairy. TPP was launched to open markets, not create more barriers."
The full letter can be read here.