Press Releases

CRA Statement on Objectives to Renegotiate NAFTA

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.”

A copy of the Corn Refiners Association’s NAFTA renegotiation objectives can be found here.

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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.

Previous Releases

CRA Statement on Final Sugar Suspension Agreements

July 3, 2017
Washington, DC – Today the U.S. Commerce Department announced the finalized Sugar Suspension Agreements between the United States and Mexico.  John Bode, President and CEO of the Corn Refiners Association,

CRA Statement on Sugar Suspension Agreements

June 6, 2017
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Leaders of U.S. Food & Ag Dialogue for Trade Commend USTR on NAFTA Notification

May 18, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC – The Implementing Team of the U.S. Food and Agriculture Dialogue for Trade (Dialogue) today commended U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer for officially notifying Congress given the Trump administration’s previously announced intent to negotiate a “modernization” of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Mexico and Canada.

CRA Statement on NAFTA Letter of Intent

May 18, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, in reaction to the letter of intent to renegotiate the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) sent to Congress by U.S.