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US: NPC CEO – ‘Improved NAFTA could deliver more potato gains’

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John Keeling, CEO of the NPC

Improvements in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) could boost U.S. potato exports to Canada and Mexico in a big way. That’s the view of the National Potato Council (NPC), which submitted comments in June to the U.S. Trade Representative with suggestions how to improve the agreement while acknowledging that NAFTA has been “extremely beneficial” to the potato industry. Contacted before the recent Mexican court ruling about U.S. potato access in Mexico, John Keeling, executive vice president and CEO of the National Potato Council, said that the negotiations for a new NAFTA could help exports to Mexico. The first priority, he said, is to make sure the new agreement doesn’t lose the benefit of tariff-free access for U.S. potatoes to both Mexico and Canada. The Packer report