AMI calls for swift passage of KORUS FTA

by Editor
Wednesday, January 26, 2011

C. AMI, along with a diverse agriculture coalition of more than 60 industry associations and companies, is calling on Congress to approve the Korea- U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) without delay.

Risks for U.S. agriculture arose if the KORUS FTA was not implemented, stated the letter sent to members of the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. The letter pointed out that there are 13 such agreements in place or in the works involving some 50 nations around the world. They include some major agricultural producing and exporting countries: Chile, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the 27-nation European Union, Mexico, Mercosur (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay), Peru and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) bloc. South Korea’s FTA with the European Union is set to enter into force on July 1, 2011.

The letter pointed to an analysis by the American Farm Bureau Federation, which found the KORUS FTA would result in $1.8 billion in additional sales to Korea, a 46 percent increase over existing sales. The letter noted that this analysis appears very conservative according to Dr. Hayes of Iowa State University and the American Meat Institute, which forecast increased U.S. beef, pork and poultry exports alone to be more than $2.1 billion.

To view this letter in its entirety, click here.