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While EU policymakers made some important decisions on their future agri-food policies last week, US farmers got more clarity on the emergency aid that they will soon receive from the government.
After decades of castigating the EU and its Common Agricultural Policy for being protectionist and closed off to global competition, the UK government has finally taken its opportunity to set its own agricultural tariffs to take effect in January 2021, when the current post-Brexit transition period expires.
Exports of Chilean chicken to the EU have reportedly been halted after shortcomings were identified by European inspectors.
Spanish beef exporters secured another important opening in Asia this week as the Philippines agreed to lift restrictions after three years of negotiations.
US cheese and meat producers hailed a new policy from the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that they say will help protect common food terms such as parmesan and bologna, a sticking point for US companies in trade negotiations with EU.
The UK Government has today unveiled a post-Brexit trade regime called the “UK Global Tariff” (UKGT) which foresees 60% of trade coming into the UK being tariff-free on WTO terms or through existing preferential access from January 2021. However, the government stressed that it would maintain tariffs on agricultural products such as lamb, beef, and poultry to protect domestic producers.
The market fallout from COVID-19 in Spain's farming sector has led to renewed voices for a speedy resolution of the trade dispute with Russia in order to facilitate fruit exports to that market.
Ireland has been given the green light to start shipping pigmeat to Mexico, a country that traditionally relies on the US to supply the bulk of its pork import requirements.
The UK government has announced it will shortly begin negotiations – via video conferencing - on a Free Trade Agreement with Japan, the third largest economy in the world after the US and China. The UK sees the agri-food industry benefitting from the deal through reduced tariffs and reduced administrative hurdles, documents pertaining to the talks and published this week show.
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