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U.S. Farm Groups Pile on Canada Over Trade Fairness
USAgNet - 05/08/2017

President Donald Trump's criticism of the protected Canadian dairy system has emboldened American farm groups to tackle other longstanding agriculture irritants, as the countries move toward rewriting trade rules. U.S. poultry exporters, who include Tyson Foods Inc and Pilgrims Pride Corp, as well as egg sellers, are expected to seek greater access to Canada's tightly controlled market in renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

According to Reuters, the United States, the world's second-biggest chicken exporter, will demand market access gains at least equal to those they would have realized under the failed Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, industry groups and experts say. U.S. farmers also want changes to Canadian grain laws that automatically assign the lowest price for their wheat.

Trump last month took a swipe at Canada's dairy system, which prevents large-scale imports through steep tariffs, and moved to impose tariffs on Canadian lumber.

U.S. farm groups with grievances took note.

"It's unfair for the dairy industry but it's unfair for poultry and eggs as well," Jim Sumner, president of the U.S. Poultry & Egg Export Council, said last week.

Canada currently allows tariff-free egg imports amounting to 2.98 percent of Canadian production, and chicken imports worth 7.5 percent. Imports would have doubled for eggs and jumped by more than one-quarter for chicken under TPP.

Last year, U.S. poultry sales to Canada totaled $509 million, while American egg and egg product exports to Canada amounted to $46 million, according to USAPEEC.

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