November 15, 2011


US poultry groups supportive of Russia's WTO accession


US Trade Representative, Ron Kirk, and his team of negotiators, are lauded by the National Chicken Council (NCC), National Turkey Federation (NTF) and USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) for concluding negotiations on Russia's accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO).


The groups released the following statement about the historical development:


"We appreciate Ambassador Kirk and his team of negotiators for their tireless and determined work in settling the issues that have blocked Russia's accession to the WTO.  We recognise that the conclusion of Russia's membership involved tough negotiations over the past 18 years, including negotiations about poultry issues.  The agreement that was reached will continue to allow Russia to remain one of the top export markets for US poultry products."


For US companies to benefit from Russia's accession, it will be necessary for Congress to lift the Jackson-Vanik amendment with respect to Russia, and authorise the president to extend Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) to Russia.


The groups concluded,  "We will continue to work with USTR, US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Congress to help ensure the negotiated access for our products to Russia."

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