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What Does the TPP Agreement Mean for Pet Food?

President Obama was recently promoting the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement, among other issues, during his visit to Vietnam earlier this week. PFI has consistently supported the TPP Agreement and urges Congress to ratify it. What’s the ultimate benefit to such a trade agreement and how does pet food play a role?

Each year, PFI members purchase millions of tons of meat, poultry, seafood, grains and other agricultural inputs to produce nutritious food for cats and dogs. The wholesome ingredients used in pet food are important parts of American food and agricultural production. In addition, pet food makers employ tens of thousands of people across the country and support thousands more jobs in the broader supply chain. Domestic sales of dog and cat food reached $21.4  billion in 2014, and U.S. exports reached $1.3 billion in 2015.

The TPP Agreement will increase the ability of U.S. pet food makers to establish and expand their presence throughout the Asia-Pacific region by reducing tariff and non-tariff barriers and by requiring transparent, science-based regulation. These changes will make U.S. pet food more accessible and more competitive throughout these key export markets, which will in turn support the creation of many new jobs right here at home.

This past April, PFI joined more than 220 U.S. food and agriculture stakeholder groups in urging House and Senate leadership to take steps to ratify the TPP Agreement. A copy of that letter is available here. We also encourage you to inform your member of Congress of the positive impact the TPP Agreement will have on U.S. food and agriculture exports, including pet food.