Earlier this month, a bipartisan group of House and Senate members wrote to U.S. Trade Representative Tai urging her to “consider the merits and demerits of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), which was signed by the 11 other TPP countries in 2018 without the United States.”
The group argued that that President Trump’s 2017 decision to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership was misguided, and that the Biden Administration should consider joining the CPTPP in order to strengthen U.S. leadership in the global economy and reinforce the country’s commitment to fair international trade.
NPC continues to advocate for the restoration of tariff benefits lost though U.S. withdrawal of the trade pact and/or a similar multilateral trade pact in Asia to support the growth of that vital potato export market.
“With 20 percent of all U.S. potatoes destined for foreign markets in some form, we must stay on a level playing field with other countries. The Trans-Pacific Partnership is ideal for accomplishing that goal,” said Jared Balcom, NPC VP of Trade Affairs.