A trade agreement between the U.S. and Japan could be an opportunity to level the playing field against competitors, but it doesn’t replace the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Minnesota Pork Producers Association CEO David Priesler says the agreement is great first step, but there are additional markets to pursue as well. “Other countries that would be good are Vietnam, the Philippines and a host of other countries in southeast Asia,” says Priesler. “We do have a full free trade agreement with South Korea and there are other Asian markets that could do the same.” Preisler says the U.S. and Japan’s relationship is different from others. “The Japanese are driven by science. As we look at issues surrounding food safety, they’re completely on the same page as the U.S.”
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