Sens. Tom Carper, D-Delaware; Johnny Isakson, R-Georgia; and Chris Coons, D-Delaware, led a bipartisan group of senators in sending a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer urging the administration to use the renegotiation process for the North American Free Trade Agreement to break down unfair trade barriers and improve market access for American poultry farmers, processors and exporters.

“With the ratification of NAFTA in 1994, the U.S., Canada and Mexico committed to a shared goal of eliminating tariffs on goods exchanged between the three nations,” the senators wrote. “Unfortunately, in practice, this goal has proven difficult to achieve. This has been particularly true for American poultry, which continues to face trade barriers in North America more than 20 years after NAFTA’s enactment.”

“Contrary to the promises of NAFTA, Canada has continued to impose stringent, protectionist trade policies that limit sales for American poultry exporters. As a result, the administration’s commitment to improving the terms of NAFTA presents American poultry exporters with a unique opportunity to eliminate Canadian trade barriers, which have hampered growth for more than 20 years,” the senators continued. “We strongly urge you to focus on this issue during your talks with Canadian trade representatives, and we expect that progress will be made.”