CCFN White Paper to Address Common Names in Trade Agreements

August 30th, 2020

While CCFN and its allies organized the letter on Capitol Hill, CCFN simultaneously worked on a legal analysis and proposal that detailed how U.S. could further build upon the meaningful gains in USMCA while keeping with U.S. law and past U.S. trade agreement precedents. CCFN provided this confidential analysis directly to the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).

This was accompanied by a cover letter from CCFN Chairman Errico Auricchio, which read, in part: “These advancements are a sturdy foundation on which the United States can continue making strides to freer trade for U.S. farmers and businesses. There is still much work to be done on the GI front, as Europe is relentless in using the agricultural chapters of ongoing trade negotiations to secure inequitable advantages… We believe that it is imperative for U.S. negotiators to meet Europe head on by pushing GI reforms in the agriculture chapters of upcoming trade deals rather than the traditional approach of focusing solely on intellectual property chapters.”