July 17, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC– Today, in reaction to the objectives posted by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), John Bode, President and CEO of the Corn Refiners Association, commented:
“We thank the Administration for releasing their objectives on renegotiating NAFTA. Increased market access under NAFTA has been a tremendous opportunity for the U.S. corn refining industry. U.S. exports of refined corn products to Canada and Mexico have grown over 450% since NAFTA was implemented in 1994. Most importantly, Mexico became the leading, irreplaceable market for U.S. corn sweeteners. We are eager to work with Ambassador Lighthizer and his team in their efforts to support higher-paying jobs and expand export opportunities.”
The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) is the national trade association representing the corn refining industry of the United States. CRA and its predecessors have served this important segment of American agribusiness since 1913. Corn refiners manufacture sweeteners, starch, advanced bioproducts, corn oil and feed products from corn components such as starch, oil, protein and fiber.