“For nearly 80 days now, all of the other 155 members of the WTO have been able to fully access Russia's market liberalizations, including new rules related to services, science-based animal and plant health, and intellectual property protection — but U.S. businesses cannot,” wrote the Coalition in the letter. “For nearly 80 days now, U.S. business has had no voice in the WTO's rules-based system to engage Russia regarding any of its policies that may be inconsistent with the obligations it has undertaken as a WTO member. Without PNTR, the U.S. has no enforceable rights and no recourse in the Russian market.”
Russia last year imported more than $770 million in U.S., meat, poultry, egg and dairy products, which require soybean meal as feed in the production process. That total contributed to more than $25 billion in soybean exports overall in 2011-12, making soy the largest U.S. farm export.
“As the global economy expands and the world’s appetite for soy grows, we must continue to broaden our trade horizons and create opportunities for U.S. farmers to compete with their counterparts in other countries,” said ASA President Steve Wellman, a soybean farmer from Syracuse, Nebraska, U.S. “Establishing PNTR with Russia helps American farmers compete in one of the world’s largest and most promising economies. We look forward to next week’s vote on this issue in the House and encourage the Senate to do the same during the lame duck session so that this legislation may be quickly enacted by the president.”