California Farmers Lose Billions Over Supply Chain Challenges

After already struggling with drought, California farmers have lost big overseas sales numbers because of a serious shortage of shipping containers brought on by COVID-19. A study from the University of California-Davis says the state’s farm belt lost $2.1 billion in exports during a five-month stretch this year because of “containergeddon.” A University of Connecticut […]

Potential Trade War with Canada Looms

Earlier this month, Canada delivered a letter to a number of senior U.S. senators threatening to suspend parts of the USMCA trade agreement unless the Senate backs away from a tax credit for American-built electric vehicles. In the letter, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland and International Trade Minister Mary Ng stated that certain provisions of […]

Report: U.S. Trade Falling Behind Global Competitors

The Corn Refiners Association released a new report this week revealing the United States is behind its competitors in reducing global trade barriers. The report, which tracked trade agreements since 2010, shows several nations have outpaced the U.S. in the creation of new bilateral and multilateral trade arrangements, including China, Japan, the European Union, and […]

USApple Asking For Removal Of Steel And Aluminum Tariffs

Recently, the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office met with counterparts from India to start Ag trade negotiations. USApple said while they appreciate the effort to restart negotiations with one of the largest markets in the world, more needs to be done. USApple President and CEO Jim Bair said India historically is a strong market for American […]

Ag Community Continues To Wonder What’s After Phase One

The Phase One Trade Agreement between the U.S. and China has, for the most part, been good for American agriculture and the overall U.S. economy. How good? The U.S.-China Business Council says America’s exports to China in 2020 surged by $18.5 billion, an 18% gain over 2019. Doug Barry, director of communications for the council, […]

Tai: Reduce Tensions Between U.S. and China

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai spoke during a recent meeting of the National Chicken Council and discussed the relationship between the U.S. and China. She said her recent interactions with China were intended to bring down the temperature of a trading relationship that’s become heated in recent months. Tai described the relationship between the two […]

How Could China’s CPTPP Application Impact Beef Trade?

The international community is taking a renewed, and refreshed interest in the TPP replacement. China is looking to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, CPTPP. Joel Haggard, senior vice president at the U.S. Meat Export Federation, noted China as well as Taiwan submitted their applications with in a week of each other. […]

Lawmakers Alert USTR of Chinese Influence in Latin America

A group of 12 lawmakers recently penned a letter to the U.S. Trade Representative about the growing influence of the Chinese Communist Party in Latin America and Caribbean trade and economic development. Arkansas Republican Representative Rick Crawford announced the effort Wednesday. In a letter to Trade Representative Katherine Tai, the lawmakers asked for immediate attention […]

Grassley Unimpressed After Tai’s Speech

Senior trade Senator Chuck Grassley said he fears the Administration is “throwing in the towel” on a China Phase Two deal, after a recent speech by U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai. Grassley cited Tai’s comments that China has not lived up to its Phase One commitments on Ag buys and import standards and is an […]