Brazil Slaps Tariff on U.S. Ethanol

Dan Energy, Exports/Imports, Industry News Release

The Brazilian Agriculture Minister announced on Wednesday that the country’s Chamber of Foreign Trade approved a recommendation to impose a 20 percent tariff on U.S. ethanol imports after a 600 million liter tariff rate quota. Brazilian media are reporting the tariff will be in effect for two years. This will make it much more difficult for U.S. ethanol to access …


Agri View: Export Trade

Dan Agri View, Exports/Imports, Trade

Everett Griner talks about the export trade in America in today’s Agri View.       Every grade school child is taught that farming feeds us. I don’t suppose they are taught that agriculture is the biggest industry in the world. And, here is something very few adults are aware of. Most of what our farmers grow are sold to …

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USDA Proposes Less Restriction on Mexican Pork Exports

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Pork

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is proposing to recognize Mexico as free of classical swine fever. The proposal replaces a previous proposal by APHIS that would have recognized Mexico as a low-risk classical swine fever region. Since USDA’s original proposal, Mexico has asked for enhanced evaluations by USDA. With results from the most recent site …

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Ports Contract Eases Trade Concerns

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release

A contract agreement between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association has eased trade concerns. The two ratified a three-year extension to the labor contract for workers at 29 ports on the West Coast. Politico reports that the announcement Friday comes as a sigh of relief for U.S. importers and exports. In 2014 and 2015, shippers …

June Results Confirm Strong First Half for U.S. Red Meat Exports

Dan Beef, Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Pork

U.S. pork and beef exports continued to trend above year-ago levels in June, capping a very strong first half of the year. According to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), exports also achieved higher values on a per-head-slaughtered basis and accounted for a steady-to-higher percentage of total production. June beef exports were the …


Labor Contract Extension Important Development for Red Meat Exports

Dan Exports/Imports, Labor and Immigration

Last Friday, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) announced its members have approved a three-year labor contract extension covering longshoremen at 29 U.S. West Coast ports. According to a story from Joe Schuele with the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), this is an important development for red meat exports.


Cuba, Houston, Sign Port Agreement

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Trade

The Port Authority of Houston, Texas and its counterpart in Cuba have signed an agreement of “friendship and commercial cooperation.” The agreement between the two launches an opportunity to “continue trade in agricultural products between the U.S. and Cuba,” according to the Houston Port Authority. The PanAm Post reports that the agreement seeks to facilitate and promote trade, generate new …