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Canada joins TPP, U.S. dairy industry suffers

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The United States dairy industry is suffering from the United States absence from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). President Donald Trump withdrew the country from the original pact a year ago Monday.

Canadian officials declined the United States’ requests to negotiate Canada’s dairy pricing scheme through the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Officials say “there is no room for negotiating” shortly after agreeing to join TPP 11.

Politico reports Canada’s dairy industry has zero concessions left to make in NAFTA. However, the country agreed to make changes to its dairy market through TPP 11, changes which will benefit dairy-exporting countries such as New Zealand.

Some says TPP 11 should give the U.S. negotiating leverage against Canada along the lines of: “You just signed away access for dairy market in the TPP; why is that not good enough for NAFTA?” The latest round of NAFTA negotiations got underway in Montreal, Canada.

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