White House Plans to Tackle Tough Issues First in NAFTA Talks

The Donald Trump administration is considering front-loading the upcoming renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) by negotiating the political issues first, ahead of more technical talks. A former official at the U.S. Trade Representative’s office told Politico this week the idea would be to “have a lot of those high-level discussions with principals at the beginning, and …


Pence, Ross, to Talk Trade with Japan

Vice President Mike Pence and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross will travel to Japan to discuss trade later this month. The duo is scheduled to travel to Tokyo on April 18th. The U.S. officials will meet with Japan’s finance, foreign and industry Ministers. Japan is the top export market for the U.S. pork industry, and the National Pork Producers Council has …

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Mexico Eager to Start and Finish NAFTA Negotiations

Mexico is taking a ‘sooner rather than later’ approach when it comes to potential changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement. A top Mexican official told CNNMoney last week: “It will be in the best advantage of the countries involved that we finish this negotiation within the context of this year.” That’s because Mexico will hold a presidential election …

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Canada Trade Policies Hurting Rural America

A number of U.S. dairy organizations are asking the Trump Administration to take steps against Canadian trade policies they’re calling “protectionist.” They say Canada is shutting the door on American dairy exports in violation of trade agreements between the two countries. The National Milk Producers Federation, the U.S. Dairy Export Council, and the International Dairy Foods Association want the president …

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Resolution Urging Trade Agreement with Japan Introduced

Two Republicans in the U.S. House are urging the Donald Trump administration to craft a trade agreement with Japan. Nebraska Representative Adrian Smith and Florida Representative Ted Yoho introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives Thursday that urges Trump to start the process of establishing a trade agreement with Japan.

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USDA Trade Mission to Explore Export Opportunities in Middle East, North Africa

During a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) trade mission to Cairo, Egypt, April 2-6, leaders from 23 U.S. agribusinesses and agricultural trade organizations will explore opportunities to increase their food and agricultural exports to the Middle East and North Africa. “The mission will be based in Cairo, but participants will also have the opportunity to network with potential customers from …