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US loses out as Japan cuts meat and wine duties for others

TPP members and EU reap benefits of rising consumer demand

American pork exports to Japan are down as Tokyo slashes tariffs of imports from other countries. (Photo by Takaki Kashiwabara)

TOKYO -- Japan is buying more pork, beef and wine from such countries as Canada, New Zealand and France after lowering tariffs via the revamped Trans-Pacific Partnership and its trade deal with the European Union, leaving the U.S. out in the cold.

Imports of pork from countries that have implemented the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership climbed 7% on the year in the first half of 2019, Japanese trade data released Tuesday shows. Imports from the U.S., which quit the TPP after President Donald Trump took office, were down 3%.

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