The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) entered into force July 1, but many U.S. dairy farmers are concerned about possible bad-faith actions from Canada. During a recent RFD-TV interview, National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) Senior Vice President of Communications, Alan Bjerga, discussed how Canada’s Tariff-Rate Quota (TRQ) allocations are undermining the trade deal.
In a recent release, NMPF noted it has repeatedly warned that the full benefits of this carefully negotiated trade agreement will not materialize without careful monitoring and stringent enforcement of Canada’s commitments under USMCA. While not unexpected, Canada’s latest efforts to manipulate its agreed-upon trade obligations to protect its tightly controlled dairy market are unacceptable. NMPF has been in close contact with USTR and USDA to urge swift action towards a resolution that ensures Canada is held strictly responsible for abiding both by the letter and intent of USMCA.