Goehring applauds new trade deal with Mexico, Canada

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Goehring applauds new trade deal with Mexico, Canada

BISMARCK, N.D. – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring applauded the announcement of a U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal. The new trilateral agreement, called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

“The new agreement builds on NAFTA to benefit North Dakota farmers, ranchers and agribusiness,” Goehring said. “It expands access for dairy, gives our wheat fair treatment in grading, and enhances rules for sanitary and phytosanitary measures.”

Key achievements included:

  • Expanding market access for American food and agricultural products
  • Eliminating Canada’s milk classes 6 and 7
  • Establishing comprehensive standards for agricultural biotechnology
  • Committing to reduce trade distorting policies, improving transparency and ensuring non-discriminatory treatment for agricultural product standards
  • Equity in quality requirements for wheat and other agricultural products
  • Enhanced rules for science-based sanitary and phytosanitary measures
  • New disciplines on Geographic Indications
  • Prohibiting barriers for alcoholic beverages
  • New protections for proprietary food formulas

“We’re grateful to the administration for securing this agreement with our two closest trading partners,” Goehring said. “The language addresses many of the priorities that are important to agriculture.”