Aug 26, 2019
US, Japan reach deal to return to TPP trade terms, potato industry reacts

Kam Quarles, right, of the National Potato Council chats with Jared Balcom during Potato Expo 2019.

On Aug. 25, the National Potato Council is strongly supporting the announcement at the G7 meeting in Biarritz, France that an agreement has been struck on agricultural trade between the U.S. and Japan.

“This announcement is welcome news for our industry,” said Kam Quarles, CEO of the National Potato Council. “It allows U.S. potato exporters to recapture vital momentum in Japan and level the playing field against foreign competitors.”

“Creating a new agreement with Japan that preserves benefits previously negotiated under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been a key objective of the National Potato Council,” said Jared Balcom, chairman of NPC’s Trade Affairs Committee and a farmer from Pasco, Washington. “We believe today’s announcement indicates that the White House, the Office of the Trade Representative (USTR) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) share that goal and are committed to making it a reality,”

Japan is the U.S. potato industry’s largest export market with exports totaling over $350 million in the past year. Given a competitive tariff regime and reasonable market access agreements, it is believed that this market can grow by another $150 million annually (42%) in the very near future.

“We sincerely appreciate the dedicated work of (U.S. Trade) Ambassador Lighthizer, Secretary (of Agriculture Sonny) Perdue and the dedicated agricultural professionals supporting them at USTR, the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) and the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS),” Quarles said.

Perdue statement

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement regarding the new trade agreement between the U.S. and Japan:
“Japan is a significant market for United States agriculture exports, making today a good day for American agriculture. By removing existing barriers for our products, we will be able to sell more to the Japanese markets. At the same time we will able to close gaps to better allow us to compete on a level playing field with our competitors. I thank President Trump and Ambassador Lighthizer for their constant support of America’s farmers and ranchers and their hard work negotiating better trade deals around the globe.”

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