Seven months have passed since health officials agreed on initial conditions to resume trade. The senators write that restoration of beef trade prior to the conclusion of talks scheduled for the end of this year is "essential to making meaningful progress and addressing Congressional reservations about a possible free trade agreement. The urgency of resuming trade is heightened now that other Asian nations are open to
Beef industry groups have informed Congress they oppose a free trade agreement with
"This ongoing irritant in our trade relationship will hinder the ability of our trade negotiators to conclude any agreement with your country that would survive Congressional scrutiny," the senators go on to write.