Senators Seek Robust Enforcement of USMCA Dairy Agreements

A bipartisan group of 25 Senators is identifying challenges with implementing several dairy-related provisions in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Underscoring USMCA’s importance to the dairy industry, the group asks the U.S. government in a letter to use USMCA’s enforcement measures to ensure full compliance with the trade deal. The Senators collectively state, “we ask that you use USMCA’s enforcement measures to hold our trading partners accountable to their trade commitments.” The U.S. Dairy Export Council and the National Milk Producers Federation commend the coalition of Senators for standing up for dairy farmers, processors and exporters and pressing for fair and full implementation of USMCA’s dairy provisions. The lawmakers say Canada has already begun implementing USMCA in a way that thwarts its market access promises and prevents U.S. dairy from making full use of the trade agreement. There are also unanswered questions concerning how Mexico will translate its commitments to safeguard common name cheeses into action.