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Dairy Facts 2016

Trade Barriers to Dairy Noted in USTR Reports to President, Congress

Apr 02, 2014

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative released this week the “2014 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers,” along with reports on sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures and technical barriers to trade. Every year USTR outlines the work done to reduce and remove tariff and non-tariff barriers to U.S. exports by the current administration.

Barriers for U.S. dairy exports to Canada, the European Union, India, Japan, Mexico and Russia were highlighted in all three reports. IDFA submitted comments in response to the notice in the Federal Register last October, highlighting trade issues for the U.S. dairy industry, such as Canada’s import restrictions and the EU’s restriction on the use of common food names like parmesan and feta.

“We’re glad to see USTR addressing the issues constraining U.S. dairy exports to these markets,” said Clay Hough, IDFA senior group vice president. “We hope these barriers are resolved in a timely manner.”

Read the full reports:

For more information, contact Beth Hughes, IDFA director of international affairs, at

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