US - The American Meat Institute Interim President and CEO Jim Hodges has called on the European Union to end all import duties on US meat.
He stressed the importance of comprehensive, “single undertaking” negotiations where all sectors and chapters are finalised concurrently at a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) forum in Fairfax, Virginia last week.
The forum was formed to discuss opportunities and challenges related to meat and poultry trade issues.
The forum was held in conjunction with the fifth round of T-TIP negotiations between the US and European Union (E.U.).
Mr Hodges also reiterated the need for science based decision making, not the precautionary principle or cultural preferences, as part of the deal and specified concerns over the EU’s ban on US beef raised with growth promoting technologies.
In addition, Mr Hodges called for the elimination of all EU import duties in the shortest time possible and increased access for US pork and poultry products.
The stakeholder summit was organised by the Office of the US Trade Representative.
The fifth round of T-TIP negotiations was due to conclude on Friday.
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