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U.S. Meat Export Federation chief says no major progress expected on FTA

Jiji Press reported from Chicago that U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) CEO Seng held a press conference over the phone on Tuesday, during which he projected that there will be no major progress on a bilateral FTA at the upcoming U.S.-Japan summit on Nov. 6 because it is a low priority for Japan. Jiji said that the USMEF is strongly calling on the government to enter bilateral FTA negotiations with Japan, given that U.S. exports of beef and pork to Japan will be at a disadvantage compared with Australia and other nations due to the U.S. withdrawal from the TPP. According to Jiji, Seng analyzed that the Abe administration will prioritize the TPP for 11 nations and the EPA with the EU, and that a U.S.-Japan FTA will take fourth place.

 
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