WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture – today released the following statement after the United States and Japan agreed to new terms and conditions that eliminate Japan’s longstanding restrictions on U.S. beef exports, paving the way for expanded sales to the United States’ top global beef market:
“I commend Secretary Perdue and the administration for negotiating full access for U.S. beef to Japan, one of the top export markets for Kansas cattle producers. The United States produces the safest, most wholesome beef in the world, and the elimination of this non-tariff barrier is a win for trade rules being based on sound science.
“While our producers will continue to face higher tariffs when exporting beef to Japan compared to foreign competitors, I am hopeful this announcement lays the groundwork for a bilateral agreement with Japan on agricultural trade that levels the playing field on tariffs for U.S. beef, wheat and other commodities.”
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