Perdue Says NAFTA Must Include Dairy Fix

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says Canada must make changes to dairy trade with the United States as part of the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations. Speaking on C-SPAN, Perdue said U.S. farmers don’t have the same access to Canada that Canada has to the U.S., specifically referring the Class 7 dairy products in Canada. Perdue says: “Class 7 has got to go.” Dairy trade is one of the final sticking points as part of the NAFTA talks between the U.S. and Canada. Talks were expected to resume this week between the two. Canada’s Chrystia Freeland said of the negotiations that: “It’s going to take flexibility on all sides.” However, no specifics on the progress made towards reaching an agreement have been announced. There is no clear deadline set for the talks, but optimism remains that an agreement can be reached this month.