The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI), on behalf of the 80,000 U.S. sheep producers, submitted comments to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
ASI believes that an effective TTIP agreement with the European Union (EU) will enhance the economic wellbeing of both parties. The United States and Europe are generally recognized as the two highest-value sheep meat markets globally and it is exciting to look forward to reducing unnecessary barriers and streamlining regulatory procedures in a free trade agreement.
ASI urged that the TTIP negotiations proceed in a single track for all products and all sectors and that sound science and scientific principles set forth by international standards bodies, including Codex Alimentarius and the World Organization for Animal Health, be followed. Deviations from the use of internationally accepted scientific recommendations by the EU have been the basis of many trade barriers between the two countries.
To read ASI's comments, go to www.sheepusa.org/user_files/file_1228.pdf.