Yesterday, Western Growers President/CEO Tom Nassif attended the signing of the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement in the Roosevelt Room at the White House. The trade agreement opens up market opportunities for the fresh produce industry, and WG members will now have access to the Japanese market on equal footing with the Asia-Pacific signatories of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.
“Western Growers extends its appreciation to President Trump for his leadership on the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement,” said Nassif in a recent press release. “Japan is the third-largest market for American agricultural products, and the elimination of tariffs on produce products such as almonds, blueberries, walnuts, broccoli and prunes – as well as the staged tariff elimination for additional products like cherries and oranges – will result in significant export opportunities for our members and the broader fresh produce industry.”
The White House live-streamed the event and a copy of the recording can be found on the White House’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/i4l9MXt8RbY?t=2930. A text transcript of the event is available here.