Canada Says No NAFTA Dairy Negotiating Room with TPP 11 Agreement

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release, Trade

tppWith an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership in place, Canada says there is now no room to negotiate it’s dairy pricing scheme through the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

TPP-11, as it’s called, will be signed in March by the 11 remaining member countries. The agreement was reached a day shy of a year after President Trump removed the United States from the original trade pact.

Canada agreed to make some changes in TPP to its dairy market, benefiting dairy-exporting countries, such as New Zealand. That means, according to Politico, Canada’s dairy industry has zero concessions left to make in NAFTA.

The United States dairy industry wants Canada to change its pricing program, which the U.S. says is leading to an excess of milk protein concentrates on the market. Some say, however, that the TPP agreement should give the U.S. negotiating leverage against Canada, along the lines of: “You just signed away access for dairy market in the TPP; why is that not good enough for NAFTA?”

The latest round of NAFTA Negotiations is underway in Montreal, Canada.

From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting News Service.