Colorado's Beef Producers See Big Chill Ahead If NAFTA Goes Away
by Joe Rubino, The Denver Post
Posted: 2017-10-23 15:58:25 EST

If the North American Free Trade Agreement ends, it could potentially mean a very big chill on one of Colorado’s biggest industries: beef.

Today, Colorado beef producers enjoy duty-free, unlimited access to Canada and Mexico, the state’s top trade partners. The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association estimates Colorado sells a combined $380 million in beef to the two countries each year. 

If NAFTA goes away, trade between the U.S. and its North American neighbors could revert to rules maintained by the World Trade Organization, said Joe Schuele, spokesman for the Denver-based U.S. Meat Export Federation.

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