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Trade Policy

Trade Agreements

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NAFTA discussions continue, little movement seen

Little major process was seen during "intersessional" talks between the US, Canada and Mexico on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

US Agricultural Policy USTR

US day ahead - December 15, 2017: Tax reform details & NAFTA

Final details of the conference report on tax reform are expected today but there is still uncertainty over the plan. Trade continues as a backdrop in Washington as technical talks have gone on this week in Washington.

US Agricultural Policy Tax Reform

WTO Ministerial update: Little progress seen on final day

The World Trade Organization's (WTO) 11th Ministerial Conference (MC11) in Buenos Aires, Argentina entered its fourth and final day with no new agreements reached, even on less contentious parts of the conference's agenda.
US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy

EU, US, Japan attack “severe excess capacity” in international trade but refrain from naming China

The main trade representatives for the EU, the US and Japan delivered a joint statement committing to enhance trilateral cooperation and to re-establish a “global level playing field” in international trade.

European Agricultural Policy EU

Perdue talks trade, NAFTA, Farm Bill and regulatory reform

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue touched on the importance of trade for U.S. agriculture, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the upcoming Farm Bill and regulatory reform during a Tuesday (Dec. 12) speech at the National Press Club.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

US day ahead - December 13, 2017: Alabama election, FOMC & NAFTA

Alabama has elected a Democrat to the US Senate for the first time in 25 years while the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting conclusion comes this afternoon. USDA's Perdue is sounding positive on NAFTA and tax reform continues to advance.

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Trade Disputes

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WTO Ministerial update: Little progress seen on final day

The World Trade Organization's (WTO) 11th Ministerial Conference (MC11) in Buenos Aires, Argentina entered its fourth and final day with no new agreements reached, even on less contentious parts of the conference's agenda.
US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy

EU, US, Japan attack “severe excess capacity” in international trade but refrain from naming China

The main trade representatives for the EU, the US and Japan delivered a joint statement committing to enhance trilateral cooperation and to re-establish a “global level playing field” in international trade.

European Agricultural Policy EU

WTO Ministerial update: No conclusions as final day nears

The World Trade Organization's (WTO) 11th Ministerial Conference (MC11) in Buenos Aires, Argentina continued to see sharp fault lines among members during its third day. A joint proposal from the US, European Union (EU) and Japan on factory output, and public stockholding of food drew particular attention. But the overall tone of the talks remains more than subdued.

European Agricultural Policy US Agricultural Policy

WTO Ministerial update: USTR urges uniformity, other members respond

The World Trade Organization's (WTO) 11th Ministerial Conference (MC11) in Buenos Aires, Argentina got off to a raucous start, as US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer delivered comments calling for more uniform enforcement of trade rules and less focus on litigation – drawing varied responses from other members.
US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

NAFTA 2.0 discussions ahead as ag anxiety remains high

Negotiators from the NAFTA countries meet for inter-sessional talks in Washington, DC, with the sessions officially set to run from December 11-15. These discussions are not expected to involve the chief negotiators and are aimed at ideally making progress in areas that are less-contentious.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

China attacks new EU anti-dumping methodology and calls for responsible use

China expressed concern at the new EU anti-dumping methodology and asked for restraint on the part of the bloc to avoid abusing it when calculating duties. 

European Agricultural Policy EU
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Traceability and Supply Chain

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EU and Gates Foundation provide €500 million to support agricultural research

The European Union and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have pledged to assign more than €500 million to agricultural research and innovation over the next three years (2018-2020), launching a major collaboration effort between the world’s largest development donor and the main private philanthropic organisation to combat climate change in developing countries. 

European Agricultural Policy US Agricultural Policy

US agency critical of Germany's meat safety system

US authorities are reassessing Germany’s ability to satisfy US meat import requirements after finding a series of ‘systemic’ weaknesses during an audit carried out earlier this year.

US Food Policy Food Safety and Standards

Brazil questions EU Salmonella policy at WTO after poultry rejections

After seeing hundreds of meat consignments turned back at EU borders in recent months, Brazil has raised concerns that the bloc is being overly strict when it comes to Salmonella in poultry.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law
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Geographical Indications

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Geographical indications cited as top concern during Senate hearing on chief ag negotiator

Working to block geographical indications (GIs) being pushed by the European Union in its free trade agreements (FTAs) was pegged as a top priority for U.S. agricultural trade during a Thursday (Oct. 5) Senate Finance Committee hearing to consider Gregory Doud’s nomination for chief agricultural negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). 

US Food Policy Trade Agreements

US groups angered by EU granting PGI status for Danbo cheese

The EU has provoked fierce international criticism by registering the Danish cheese type ‘Danbo’ as a protected geographical indication (PGI) - with US groups in particular expressing their disappointment at the decision. 

European Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

U.S. dairy industry urges Japan not to cave under pressure in reviewing EU’s proposed GI list

The U.S. dairy industry has urged Japan not to cave under pressure and allow the European Union to monopolize a long list of common food names, which is being discussed as part of a free trade agreement negotiation between the partners. 

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Labelling

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Canada moves ahead with front-of-package labeling

Canada is taking steps to implement its new, mandatory front-of-package (FOP) labeling requirements for food products, and those changes may affect existing FOP food labeling formats, including the “Facts Up Front” initiative by the Grocery Manufacturing Association (GMA) and the Food Manufacturing Institute (FMI).
US Food Policy Health Claims

Canadian pork exporters move a step closer to EU market

Canadian pork exporters have moved a step closer to accessing EU markets as authorities there resolved a key issue preventing the industry from benefiting from the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Perdue's Europe trip exposes US-EU food safety divide

US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has accused European countries of using dubious food safety concerns to keep American poultry out of their markets.

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