The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Agreement has the attention of many members of Congress representing dairy states. In anticipation of negotiations that are set to begin next month, DPAC sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, expressing great concern about the potential for expanded dairy trade with New Zealand and asking for full exclusion of dairy trade from the TPP.
"Our dairy farmers are already suffering from unregulated imported milk protein concentrates (MPCs) entering our country," the letter states. "We are concerned about reopening negotiations with Australia, Chile, Peru and Singapore, where tariffs and tariff rate quotas are already in place. We are especially concerned about a free trade agreement that would expand U.S. dairy trade with New Zealand..."