Implemented in 1994, the North American Free Trade Agreement has removed barriers to agricultural trade between the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Agricultural exports from the U.S. to Canada and Mexico have increased from $8.9 billion in 1993 to $38 billion in 2015.
The Trump administration has notified Congress of its intent to renogiate NAFTA. Negotiations can begin after August 16, 2017. The administration is currently consulting with Congress and stakeholders about objectives to be included in the talks.
Farm Bureau policy supports the U.S. government acting to protect U.S. agricultural interests in NAFTA. Any renegotiation must protect the gains achieved in agricultural trade and work to remove remaining barriers to trade with Canada and Mexico.
Additional Details on the Agreement
NAFTA is a comprehensive economic and trade agreement that establishes a free-trade area between the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Tariff elimination between the United States and Canada did not extend to Canadian imports of dairy and poultry products. Tariff-rate quotas
(TRQs) for these products were established in order to comply with WTO requirements.
Tariffs were eliminated for all products between the U.S. and Mexico.
NAFTA also requires that food safety standards be scientifically based, nondiscriminatory and transparent. A dispute settlement system is included in the agreement, including mechanisms for resolving countervailing and antidumping duty issues.
Issues with Canada include quotas and tariffs on dairy and poultry products and the classification of U.S. wheat exports. Mexico and Canada also have issues they will want to revisit in any negotiations.