U.S. looks for a food-friendly free-trade agreement with Thailand

By Keith Nuthall

February 17, 2004, just-food.com: Trade Representative Robert Zoellick announced in a note to Congress that Thailand would hopefully be among the latest editions to the U.S.’s ever growing network of free-trade brethren. Negotiations which are to take place over the coming year would focus on boosting food trade between the two countries.

Zoellick noted that the US is one of the largest suppliers of agricultural products to the Thai market, which was the 16th largest market for US farm exports in 2002.

“Elimination of Thailand’s high duties and other barriers in the agricultural sector would create new opportunities,” said Zoellick.

Zoellick went on to say that a deal “would be particularly beneficial” for US food producers “who have urged us forward.”


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