(WASHINGTON, D.C.) The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today applauded Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) for his introduction of the Agricultural Trade Facilitation Act, a bill that will help expand export markets for U.S. agricultural products through facilitating trade agreements that are science based and transparent.
“We applaud Rep. Nunes for his introduction of The Agriculture Trade Facilitation Act, an important bill that will help foster trade agreements that provide US agricultural products greater access to overseas markets,” said GMA President and CEO, Pamela G. Bailey. “The U.S. exports $107 billion in agriculture products annually; almost 40% of which are high value packaged foods. However, too often these exports are restricted by non-tariff trade measures that are not science based or transparent.”
“This legislation establishes consistent principals and objectives for all U.S. agricultural trade negotiations that will help to ensure that any non-tariff trade barriers in export markets are indeed truly science-based and transparent,” continued Ms. Bailey. “We urge the Congress to move forward in its consideration of this important bill that will open markets, expand U.S. exports and create jobs."
Based in Washington, D.C., the Grocery Manufacturers Association is the voice of more than 300 leading food, beverage and consumer product companies that sustain and enhance the quality of life for hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the globe.
Founded in 1908, GMA is an active, vocal advocate for its member companies and a trusted source of information about the industry and the products consumers rely on and enjoy every day. The association and its member companies are committed to meeting the needs of consumers through product innovation, responsible business practices and effective public policy solutions developed through a genuine partnership with policymakers and other stakeholders.
In keeping with its founding principles, GMA helps its members produce safe products through a strong and ongoing commitment to scientific research, testing and evaluation and to providing consumers with the products, tools and information they need to achieve a healthy diet and an active lifestyle. The food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry in the United States generates sales of $2.1 trillion annually, employs 14 million workers and contributes $1 trillion in added value to the economy every year.