U.S. Raising Tariffs on Certain European Imports

The U.S. government says it will raise tariffs on certain products imported from the European Union. Reuters said those products include wines from France and Germany, as well as aircraft components. It’s the latest move in a longtime battle between Washington D.C and Brussels over aircraft subsidies. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said […]

USTR Is Taking Action on U.S. Dairy Access to Canada

The U.S. Dairy Export Council and the National Milk Producers Federation applaud the announcement that the U.S. Trade Representative is taking action on Canada’s dairy policies. Robert Lighthizer will initiate official consultations with Canada to examine the administration of its Tariff Rate Quota obligations for dairy. The two U.S. dairy organizations have long raised an […]

USTR Initiates Vietnam Section 301 Investigation

On Friday, the Trump administration announced a trade investigation over two issues related to Vietnam. At the direction of President Donald Trump, the U.S. Trade Representative’s will investigate Vietnam’s acts, policies, and practices related to the import and use of timber that is illegally harvested or traded. USTR will also investigate Vietnam’s acts, policies, and […]

Ag Groups Want U.S. to Remain in WTO

A coalition of 62 leading U.S. agriculture stakeholders is asking for continued membership in the World Trade Organization. A Corn Refiners Association sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, as well as leaders of the Senate Finance, House Ways and Means, and the House and Senate Ag Committees calling for effective WTO reform. […]

WTO Rules Against U.S. Sanctions on China

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer says he’s unhappy with a World Trade Organization report that said U.S. actions to combat China’s widespread theft of American technology were inconsistent with WTO rules. Lighthizer said the WTO panel report confirms what the Trump Administration has been saying all along. “The WTO is completely inadequate to stop China’s […]

China, Lighthizer Talk Trade Agreement

China reaffirmed this week its commitments included in the Phase 1 trade deal. The pledge comes out of a conversation between U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Chinese trade officials, according to Reuters, this was the first formal dialogue since early May. In a statement following the call, Lighthizer said, “Both sides see progress and […]

China, U.S. Will Review Trade Deal, Air Grievances on August 15th

U.S. and Chinese officials will review the Phase One trade deal implementation and likely air grievances that both sides have on August 15th during a video conference. Two people familiar with the plans told Reuters that U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, the principal negotiators of the deal, will participate […]

Vilsack Says He’s Cautious About USMCA

One of the biggest sticking points of the newly implemented USMCA, when it came to Ag, was dairy between the U.S. and Canada. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said that he will ensure Canada will live up to its promise for dairy reforms. That sentiment is backed by U.S. Dairy Export Council CEO and former […]

USMCA: A Nearly Five Year Journey

Earlier this week, NAFTA offically gave way to USMCA. And agricultural leaders are quick to point out the process was a long one. It all started really in early 2017 when President Trump characterized then 23-year-old NAFTA as a “terrible terrible trade deal.” The president said he was trying to get a new deal with […]

Newhouse: Administration Need To Hold China Accountable For Phase One

There is a growing call across farm country nationwide for the Trump Administration to do more to hold China accountable for their part of the Phase One trade agreement. Central Washington’s Dan Newhouse said he’s heard from growers organizations nationwide that China needs to do more, despite any political disagreements that may exist between the […]