U.S. Seeks Quick Farm Tariff Accord with Japan

Politics

Washington, April 30 (Jiji Press)--U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue indicated Tuesday that the country hopes to reach an early accord to abolish or cut tariffs on agricultural products in its new trade talks with Japan.

"We want a quick resolution of our agricultural request (made in the trade talks)," Perdue said at a press conference.

With U.S. President Donald Trump's visit to Japan in late May in mind, he voiced expectations that the two nations will be able to reach an agreement "quickly."

The United States is concerned that the export environment of U.S. agricultural products sold to Japan has deteriorated due to the effectuation of trade agreements, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact among Japan and 10 other countries. The United States withdrew from TPP negotiations in early 2017.

Perdue said that U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, who represents the U.S. side in the bilateral trade talks, also supports an early agreement in the agricultural field.

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