Cargill’s Patrick Binger testifies at USTR NAFTA Hearing
Testimony identifies key negotiating objectives to modernize the agreement
(MINNEAPOLIS) June 27, 2017 – Cargill’s vice president of international protein sales, Patrick Binger, testified today at a public hearing held by the Office of U.S. Trade Representative to examine U.S. negotiating objectives for the upcoming renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Binger laid out a number of key negotiating objectives aimed at updating and improving NAFTA, while still preserving U.S. gains resulting from the 23-year-old trade pact. Binger’s testimony focused on market access; non-tariff barriers and technical barriers to trade; customs and trade facilitation; and enforcement and dispute settlement.
“Cargill supports trade agreements that foster the interconnectedness of our food system, improve global food security, and reinforce the importance of rules in the global trading system,” Binger said. “We appreciate the Administration’s guiding principle of ‘do no harm’ for the NAFTA renegotiations. We believe the renegotiation of NAFTA offers an opportunity to produce a modernized and improved agreement that will more fully benefit farmers, food producers, manufacturers and consumers.”
Pat Binger leads international sales for Cargill's $20 billion North America protein business, which consists primarily of beef and turkey products enjoyed by consumers in Mexico, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Middle East and other key markets around the world.
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Pete Stoddart, 952-742-6608, [email protected]
Cargill’s 160,000 employees across 70 countries work relentlessly to achieve our purpose of nourishing the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way. Every day, we connect farmers with markets, customers with ingredients, and people and animals with the food they need to thrive. We combine 154 years of experience with new technologies and insights to serve as a trusted partner for food, agriculture, financial and industrial customers in more than 125 countries. Side-by-side, we are building a stronger, sustainable future for agriculture.