Senator Johnny Isakson, along with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Representatives Bob Goodlatte and John Carney, and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman announced this morning a trade enforcement action with major impacts to Georgia’s poultry industry – Georgia’s largest agricultural product.
Since 2007, India has banned the import of US poultry under the guise of protecting the country from Avian Flu. The WTO finds no scientific basis for the ban. Thus, Georgia poultry producers should now have access to the world’s second largest country – one that contains 17.5% of the population. India has 60 days to appeal the decision, but with the WTO finding for every single US decision, it seems that the findings are highly likely to hold.
Senator Isakson said that the announcement proves that “when you play by the rules, free trade can also be fair trade”.
Poultry is a $4 Billion dollar industry in Georgia. Georgia’s farmers will now once again have access to one of the world’s largest markets. Total US exports are expected to approach $300 Million, which bodes well for continued growth and health of Georgia’s producers.