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AFBF Supports Addition of Japan to TPP

19 March 2013

US - The American Farm Bureau Federation supports the addition of Japan as a negotiating partner in the Trans Pacific Partnership. As a major US trading partner, Japan would bolster the reach of the TPP for US agriculture.

Bob Stallman, President of the American Farm Bureau Federation said: "As the fourth-largest US agricultural export market, with nearly $14 billion in purchases in 2012, Japan is crucial to America’s farmers and ranchers. Both the United States and Japan will benefit from Japan being a TPP partner, and by sharing in improved sanitary and phytosanitary standards for agricultural trade and expanded market access with TPP nations.

"It’s important that new entrants to the TPP recognize this is a comprehensive agreement and that individual sectors should not be excluded from the negotiation. The TPP provides an opportunity to strengthen trade relationships, address remaining barriers and improve the competitiveness of the Asia/Pacific market."

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