The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the National Chicken Council (NCC) are urging Congress to pass legislation to renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). The call for TPA is to help strengthen U.S. negotiators as they move forward on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement and other trade negotiations. The NPPC says, “As a result of trade agreements, our exports have increased 1,550% in value and 1,268% in volume since 1989, the year the United States implemented the Free Trade Agreement with Canada and started opening international markets for value-added agriculture products.”
The NCBA says, “The governments of many of our competitors are actively engaged in negotiating trade agreements with growing consumer markets around the world. Unless the United States takes a similar aggressive approach to secure free trade agreements, we will lose market share; not due to the quality of products, but because our products will be more expensive due to import tariffs.” The TPA provides that once a trade agreement is finalized, Congress would vote up or down on the agreement with no amendments. The TPA has been given to every president since 1974. In 2007, TPA authority expired.