One of our top priorities related to the transition of the U.S. government will be preserving and upgrading the North American agriculture trade. To this end, discussions with Ken Ramos, Head of Trade at the Mexican Embassy to discuss impacts and changes that may result from trade policies of the president-elect and the new Congress were the focus of a group of like-minded industry representatives including NAEGA Director of Operations Ryan Olson on Friday, December 16.
During the meeting, Mr. Ramos expressed the Mexican Government’s interest in upgrading and enhancing cross border trade between Mexico, Canada and the U.S. through the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Mr. Ramos pointed to the opportunity to enhance sanitary and phytosanitary rules for cross border trade in any discussions between the NAFTA parties.
The NAEGA supported concept of a Rapid Response Mechanism that was in-part successfully negotiated TTP is a good fit to upgrade to trade policy to better address plant health protection as well as many other non-tariff trade barriers. Advocating for the RRM will be a center piece of NAEGA efforts related to the U.S government transition.