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Smith Advocates for Greater Trade Opportunities for Nebraska Agriculture

October 11, 2017
Press Release

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) advocated for greater trade opportunities for Nebraska producers today in a bipartisan Ways and Means Committee member meeting with the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, as well as a Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee hearing on opportunities to expand U.S. trade in the Asia-Pacific region.

On the meeting with Prime Minister Trudeau, Smith said:

“We know the importance of NAFTA to Nebraska agriculture. Canada is the largest export market for U.S. agriculture products, and bilateral trade between Nebraska and Canada totals $1.9 billion a year. We had a productive discussion today about the importance of maintaining the gains achieved under NAFTA while strengthening the trade relationship between our two countries, and I am optimistic about the path forward.”

Ways and Means members meet with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

At the Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee hearing, Smith stressed the need for a bilateral trade agreement with Japan, especially due to Japan’s recent decision to raise its tariff to 50 percent on frozen beef from the U.S. and other countries with which it does not have trade agreements. The witnesses echoed the need to level the playing field for U.S. agriculture.

Click here for video of Smith’s comments in today’s Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee hearing.

Smith introduced H. Res. 236, his resolution urging the establishment of a trade agreement with Japan, in March. Click here to read his column on the resolution.  

Japan announced it would raise its tariff on U.S. frozen beef from 38.5 percent to 50 percent at the end of July. Click here to read Smith’s statement following the announcement.

Smith is a member of the Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over trade policy.