WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Tom Reed is pushing to hold Canada accountable for violating the U.S. Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement.
In January, a panel agreed with the United States that Canada is breaching its commitments by reserving most of the in-quota quantity in its dairy tariff-rate quotas for the exclusive use of Canadian processors.
Earlier this month, Canada announced changes to the Dairy Tariff Rate Quota that have been regarded by many as inadequate and a continued lack of adherence to the intent and spirit of the dairy provisions.
He says this hurts New York dairy farmers, which is why Reed wants to ensure that they are on an even playing field, and that, the Canadian market is open to their products.
“We must send a clear message that when America enters a trade agreement, it is not just a piece of paper, that we will enforce these agreements and hold Canada accountable,” said Reed.
Reed took part in a Ways and Means Committee hearing, expressing his concerns directly with the U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai.