U.S. and Chile Sign Exchange of Letters to Protect Market Access for U.S. Cheese and Meat Products in Chile

June 28, 2024

WASHINGTON – On Friday, June 21, United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai and Chile's Undersecretary of International Economic Relations Claudia Sanhueza exchanged letters to confirm their mutual understanding regarding market access to Chile for a number of U.S. cheese and meat products and how Chile will treat prior users of certain terms for cheeses.
“I want to thank the Republic of Chile for their work on this exchange of letters,” said Ambassador Katherine Tai.  “This represents an important strengthening of our bilateral trading relationship, and will provide real and tangible benefits for American agricultural producers and Chilean consumers.”
This agreement is expected to give U.S. producers the opportunity to grow their businesses and to supply Chilean consumers with specialty cheeses and meats using certain terms. 
Once the exchange of letters enters into force, the agreement ensures that current and future U.S. exporters of certain cheeses and meats will continue to be able to use those terms in Chile going forward.  This is part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to prevent market access for U.S. producers from being undermined through measures that disallow for the use of terms that describe types of cheese and meat products.  

The letters will also be treated as an integral part of the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement, including for the purposes of dispute settlement.

The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to ensuring that the United States stands up for all U.S. producers, big and small.