U.S. poultry producers are calling for unrestricted access to Canada's poultry market, and are using current trade talks to try to get rid of tariffs and remove all border restrictions on poultry imports from the U.S.
"All we're asking is that we have an open and free fair trade shot at the border," said Bill Roenigk, senior vice president of the National Chicken Council. Canada has recently joined negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. "The U.S. poultry industry strongly opposes Canada's participation in the TPP unless Canada expressly commits to removing all border restrictions on poultry imports from the United States," said Roenigk.
Canada has said it will maintain supply-management measures for poultry and egg farmers, which include matching production to domestic demand and levying high tariffs to discourage imports. However, it has also said all goods are subject to negotiation.
Canada and Mexico are the most recent to join agreement negotiations that have been going on for 30 months and already include the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei.