November 12, 2012

 

US poultry industry seeks approval of Permanent Normal Trade Relations with Russia

 

Press release

 

 

More than 500 other trade associations and businesses under the umbrella of the Coalition for US-Russia Trade have been joined by the National Chicken Council (NCC), National Turkey Federation (NTF), US Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) and USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) in calling on Congressto approve legislation enacting Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) with Russia. 

 

In a similar letterto President Barack Obama, the coalition urged the president to work with Congress to ensure the passage of Russia's removal from the Jackson-Vanik legislation and establishment of PNTR with Russia.

 

Russia acceded to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in August, and the coalition points out that US competitors in Europe, China and elsewhere are happy to "step in and take advantage of meeting Russia's needs not only in infrastructure and modernisation of its industrial base, but also the demands of a growing consumer class that is highly educated and appreciates quality." 

 

The coalition suggests that until Congress passes Russia PNTR legislation, US executives will be relegated to an "observer" status as foreign competitors "snap up contracts that will lock in commercial relationships for years to come."

 

"Since Russia already officially entered into the WTO last summer, PNTR will ensure that poultry companies can take full advantage of new business opportunities, that Russia's commitments in the WTO are enforced and that American businesses are on an equal playing field in the Russian market," added NCC, NTF, USPOULTRY and USAPEEC.  "Continuing to export US$300 million of poultry to Russia annually will provide better incomes for more US workers and additional poultry to be produced by a growing number of family farmers across America."

 

Randi Levinas, the coalition's executive director, noted in a press release that, "the time for Congress to act is now.  We simply cannot afford to sit idly by and continue to put US exports and jobs at risk when we know there is strong bipartisan support for this legislation in both chambers."

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