U.S. Wins Canadian Dairy Dispute After Budd Letter to USTR

Washington, D.C. – Using the new enforcement mechanism created by the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), a settlement panel investigating Canada’s dairy practices ruled in the United States’ favor and agreed that Canada’s restrictive tariff-rate quotas were harming U.S. dairy producers, many of whom are from North Carolina.

Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) sent a letter to the U.S. Trade Representative on June 4, 2021 expressing his concerns that Canada was unfairly limiting the amount of North Carolina dairy products being imported into the country.

Rep. Budd was a strong supporter of the USMCA and served on the Whip Team in the House that ultimately secured the votes for the trade deal.

Rep. Budd said in a statement:

“Bringing Canada into full compliance with the USMCA is a huge victory for North Carolina’s dairy farmers and will ensure that the industry will continue to prosper for generations to come.”

Background:

  • According to the North Carolina Dairy Alliance, North Carolina has 145 dairy farms.

  • Two of the top five milk producing counties in North Carolina are in the 13th District.


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