OTTAWA – Japan should show “more flexibility” in Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations for regional free trade, U.S. National Pork Producers Council Vice President Nick Giordano said Thursday.
To achieve a broad TPP accord early, Japan needs to do more toward eliminating its tariffs on agricultural products, said Giordano who is visiting the Canadian capital to monitor progress in the ongoing TPP discussions among the top negotiators of the 12 member countries.
The basic principle of TPP is “elimination of all tariffs,” he said, requesting that Japan make concessions to bring about a broad TPP deal in November as pursued by the members.
After the talks, Japan and the United States will hold bilateral working-level talks on tariffs on agricultural products for two days from Monday.
The pork industry group is urging the United States not to compromise, insisting that Japan should be excluded from a TPP deal if its market-opening measures are not enough.