NAFTA GAINS SEEN OVER LONG TERM

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- The North American Free Trade Agreement took effect on Jan. 1, but the primary gains for U.S. food retailers, wholesalers and processors will come over the long haul, not immediately, according to industry analysts."The most important aspect of NAFTA is not tariff reductions as much as the stability it creates for companies, knowing that this will not disappear overnight," said

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- The North American Free Trade Agreement took effect on Jan. 1, but the primary gains for U.S. food retailers, wholesalers and processors will come over the long haul, not immediately, according to industry analysts.

"The most important aspect of NAFTA is not tariff reductions as much as the stability it creates for companies, knowing that this will not disappear overnight," said Bruce Gates, government relations vice president for the National-American Wholesale Gr

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