Britain Begins Talks to Join CPTPP

Britain is negotiating to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Talks began earlier this week to join the trade deal Britain sees crucial to its post-Brexit pivot away from Europe, according to Reuters. The CPTPP agreement removes 95% of tariffs between its members, including Japan, Canada, Mexico and others. While joining […]

Farmers For Free Trade Hopeful Biden Administration Will Bring Changes

The Biden administration has said on multiple occasions they will change the American trade policy in place over the past four years. However, Brian Kuehl of Farmers for Free Trade said doing so will take time. “We certainly are hopeful. We don’t want to get everyone’s hopes up too high though. I think it’s going […]

How Could Washington Benefit From Brexit? Many Questions Remain

The Washington Council on International Trade recently released a report taking a look at the issues and priorities that should be considered in a “post-brexit” free trade agreement between the U.S. and U.K. WCIT President Lori Otto Punke said there are a lot of macroeconomic questions still on the table. “Obviously Brexit is playing out […]

Lack of Trade Deal Will Hurt EU-UK Food Supply Chain

The absence of an EU-UK trade deal on January 1st would cause significant economic losses on both sides for companies active in food and agriculture supply chains. Rabobank researchers said companies in the food supply chain should be prepared for loss of export and import opportunities. A certainty of a no-deal scenario is that the […]

U.S./UK Trade talks Progressing

The United States and the United Kingdom wrapped up the fourth round of trade talks this month, with another round planned for mid-October. The UK Department of International Trade says, “Significant progress has been achieved since launching negotiations in May 2020, and most chapter areas are now in the advanced stages of talks.” Chief Ag […]

Britain A Key Market For USDA

USDA Undersecretary Ted McKinney is always looking for additional trade opportuniteis for American producers. In fact, he was in Britain last month.  “When I arrived I was to meet the minister of Ag which would be my counterpart, the Undersecretary, that night he was elevated to the secretary so we had the change to be […]

Newhouse: India, Europe Trade Focus For 2020

While 2019 was a challenging year for the farm economy, there were many positives in the world of trade.  An updated NAFTA, now known as USMCA, a bilateral trade deal with Japan and Phase One with China were all addressed.   Now, where does the U.S. go when it comes to trade and expanding markets […]

AFBF: UK Wants A Trade Deal With U.S.

Since deals with China, Japan and USMCA have been addressed, American Ag has turned its attention to the UK and EU for next-step trade deals.  The American Farm Bureau Federation said London and Brussels have already had words on the EU’s rules demands for the UK to formalize Brexit by the end of this year, […]

What Does Brexit Mean For U.S. Ag Trade?

It officially happened Friday, the United Kingdom is no longer a part of the European Union.  Now speculation grows on when the U.S. and the UK will begin negotiations on a trade agreement.   “In my mind that’s a legitimate top 10 market for US agriculture so when the flag drops, we’ll be off and […]

Europe Next On The U.S. Trade List

Phil Hogan, the new Trade Commissioner for the European Union, was in Washington, D.C., last week and spoke about the tense relationship between the EU and the U.S.  According to the New York Times, Hogan promises to “robustly defend” European interests as he justified the European position on trade disagreements with the U.S. over airplane […]