Tai Participates in Meeting with Asia Pacific Trade Partners

Over the weekend, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, met with Asia-Pacific trade ministers while also commenting on the U.S.-China trade relationship. Before the meeting, Tai said regarding trade with China, “It’s a relationship in trade that has been marked by significant imbalance — that is in terms of performance, but also in terms of opportunity […]

Vilsack Explains How USMCA Can Benefit American Farmers

Shortly after taking office earlier this year, Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, placed an emphasis on USMCA and how it can benefit the American farmer. “[We want to] re-enforce our goal and our belief that these agreements need to be enforced to the letter.” With, Vilsack noted, particular focus on Canada. Specifically on dairy as the […]

USTR Begins USMCA Dispute Panel on Dairy Trade with Canada

On Tuesday, Trade Representative Katherine Tai announced the U.S. has requested and established a dispute settlement panel under the USMCA regarding dairy trade. The request seeks to review measures adopted by Canada that “undermine the ability of American dairy exporters to sell a wide range of products to Canadian consumers.” The U.S. is challenging Canada’s […]

Could 2021 Be The End Of The Road For TPA?

Trade Promotion Authority allows an Administration to speed trade deals through Congress without deal-killing amendments. TPA is close to expiring, and with no new trade deals in sight, there is a possibility TPA will expire. According to many in the Ag industry, TPA is the linchpin for getting U.S. trade deals approved, but with a […]

Trade Officials Begin USMCA Summit

Trade talks are underway between the U.S., Mexico and Canada, as part of a two-day summit focus on USMCA. The agreement is nearing its first anniversary, and there are a handful of issues of concern. Politico reports there are continuing labor concerns between the U.S. and Mexico and trade barriers in place by Mexico and […]

Tai: Trade Deals Must Have Bipartisan Support

U.S. Trade Ambassador Katherine Tai says any new multilateral Asia Pacific trade deal for the Administration must be bipartisan, while a key bilateral deal with the U.K. may be complicated by continued turbulence in Northern Ireland. When speaking before the Senate Finance Committee recently, Tai said the Transpacific Partnership, from which the Trump administration withdrew, […]

Tai Addresses Trade Concerns Of Congressional Leaders

Trade took center stage in Washington D.C Wednesday. U.S. Trade Ambassador Katherine Tai pushed back on Republican claims that new trade deals are on the back burner in the Biden Administration. Challenged by top Finance Republican Idaho’s Mike Crapo that the Administration has put trade deals with the U.K. and Kenya on the back Burner, […]

Dairy Groups Welcome U.S. Callout of EU Food Name Protections

The Consortium for Common Food Names, National Milk Producers Federation and U.S. Dairy Export Council recently commended U.S. Trade Ambassador Katherine Tia for announcing an opinion on geographic indicators. USTR’s Special 301 Report, an annual publication tallying global challenges pertaining to intellectual property issues, called out the EU’s policy of blocking fair competition through the […]

Vilsack Highlights Trade Priorities

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is talking about his top trade priorities now that U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai has been confirmed. Vilsack noted recently the main focus will be on trade relations with Mexico and Canada, as well as strengthening existing trade agreements with China and Japan. “Implementation of USMCA. Expansion of the Japanese trade […]

Talks With Taiwan Not Expected To Be A Priority For Biden Administration

One expert on Asia says the farming community should not expect the Biden Administration to focus on trade deals with individual nations early in the first term. Scott Harold with the Rand Defense Research Group, using talks with Taiwan as an example says he does not anticipate unilateral discussions to occur until late in the […]