Another Major Step Towards USMCA Implementation

Clint Thompson Trade

When both houses of the Canadian Parliament gave final approval to ratifying the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) last Friday, it was another major step toward implementation of the trade agreement. U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) President and CEO, Dan Halstrom, explains that when implemented, USMCA will solidify trade relations in North America and preserve duty-free access to Canada and Mexico for …


Slowing Trade Flows, Suspended Talks

Dan Trade

(NAFB) — The worldwide coronavirus outbreak is taking a toll on farm trade talks and trade flows. Suspended trade talks, slowed trade flows, unknown economic impacts on ag producers, all the result of pandemic coronavirus. “I think you’ve seen over the last couple of months, shipments being slowed because of China. Of course, as we’re seeing this spread around the …


Perdue Comments on Canada Passing USMCA

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Trade

(USDA) — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement after the Canadian Parliament approved the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA): “USMCA is a great victory for America’s agriculture industry, and I am pleased to see Canada’s Parliament approved the deal today. USMCA locks in and expands access to our neighbors to the North and South. I thank President …


Continued Progress on Implementation of China Phase One Agreement

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Trade

(USDA) — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that China has continued its progress in implementing the U.S.-China Phase One Economic and Trade Agreement and has taken several additional actions to realize its agriculture-related commitments. The agreement entered into force on February 14, 2020, and the actions announced today build upon the measures announced on February 25. The most recent …


U.S. Poultry Entering China without Retaliatory Tariffs

Dan Industry News Release, Poultry, Trade

(NAFB) — Beijing recently made U.S. poultry shipments eligible for exemptions from extra tariffs and poultry shipments to China are on the rise. A Reuters article points out that the additional tariff relief may give China a greater ability to follow through on promises to buy significantly more American agricultural goods as part of the Phase One trade deal. U.S. …


Pate Pleased With Recent Trade News

Clint Thompson Alabama, Trade

Farmers across Alabama are finding it hard to get any field work done right now due to wet conditions. That’s Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture Rick Pate, who knows while the rain is slowing field work for the 2020 crops, he is encouraged by the recent trade news to help Alabama farmers. For more information and updates, visit the ADAI website.


EU Sets a Target Date for U.S. Trade Deal

Clint Thompson Trade

Phil Hogan, European Union Trade Chief, says he’s looking to have a trade deal in place with the Trump Administration and the U.S. by March 18. Politico says he’s working on a package of agreements for EU leaders to present to Trump in the coming weeks. Among the potential concessions the EU may be willing to make are speeding up …


USDA and USTR Announce Progress on Implementation of U.S.-China Phase One Agreement

Clint Thompson Trade

WASHINGTON, February 25, 2020 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced today that China has taken numerous actions to begin implementing its agriculture-related commitments under the landmark U.S.-China Phase One Economic and Trade Agreement on schedule. The agreement entered into force on February 14, 2020. These actions include: Signing a protocol that allows …