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
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.”