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Commerce's Ross: NAFTA withdrawal if 2.0 talks fail 'right thing' to do

Withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) if the 2.0 talks do not produce a successful outcome would be the "right thing" to do, US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Friday (September 8).

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NAFTA 2.0 talks extended into 2018

Mexico will host the fifth round of NAFTA 2.0 talks in Mexico City from November 17-21, but additional rounds will now be scheduled through the first quarter of 2018, officials from the US, Canada and Mexico announced at the conclusion of the fourth round of talks near Washington, DC.

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WTO Director-General tamps down expectations for ministerial

World Trade Organization (WTO) members could see positive outcomes in a few, limited areas, including fishery subsidies and services regulations, at this year's ministerial conference, WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo said at the Council on Foreign Relations yesterday.

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US offers proposal that would gut NAFTA legal dispute tribunals

US negotiators offered a proposal that would essentially do away with independent dispute panels in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), either by eliminating them altogether or substantially scaling back their roles, people familiar with negotiations told Bloomberg BNA.

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US day ahead - October 17, 2017: NAFTA 2.0 & biofuels

The NAFTA 2.0 talks' latest round wraps up today and expectations are there will be a lot of "soul-searching" by key players in the talks after what appear to have been some contentious sessions the past few days. Biofuels backers in the Senate get a session with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt today to push him on Trump campaign pledges to support the biofuels industry.

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US financial market & news review: Record equities, Yellen & Japan trade

Financial markets: US equity markets notched fresh records to start the week.

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US ag groups join Mexico in opposing NAFTA seasonality proposal

Mexico's agricultural industry was joined by several US agricultural groups in opposing a US North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) proposal on seasonal agricultural commodities.
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NAFTA 2.0 talks extended into 2018

Mexico will host the fifth round of NAFTA 2.0 talks in Mexico City from November 17-21, but additional rounds will now be scheduled through the first quarter of 2018, officials from the US, Canada and Mexico announced at the conclusion of the fourth round of talks near Washington, DC.

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US offers proposal that would gut NAFTA legal dispute tribunals

US negotiators offered a proposal that would essentially do away with independent dispute panels in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), either by eliminating them altogether or substantially scaling back their roles, people familiar with negotiations told Bloomberg BNA.

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US ag groups join Mexico in opposing NAFTA seasonality proposal

Mexico's agricultural industry was joined by several US agricultural groups in opposing a US North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) proposal on seasonal agricultural commodities.
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US day ahead - October 16, 2017: Trade in focus with NAFTA, US & Japan

The fourth round of NAFTA 2.0 talks continue, with dairy one of the key issues so far in the sessions. The US is seeking to update some trade issues with Japan and keep pushing for talks on a bilateral trade deal between the two nations.

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Perdue discusses WTO quota issue, future agri-food trade with UK MPs

US agriculture secretary Sonny Perdue has met with British MPs to discuss post-Brexit UK-US agri-food trade and reaching an agreement on Tariff Rate Quotas (TRQ) at the World Trade Organization (WTO). 

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Indian finance minister to push for new bilateral investment talks with US

Resumption of stalled talks for a US-India bilateral investment treaty (BIT) is at the top priority for Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley as he visits Washington this week, according to a top Indian trade official.
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Traceability and Supply Chain

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Academic study says Bayer-Monsanto tie-up should be blocked

The proposed merger between Bayer and Monsanto should be blocked under EU competition rules, as divesting particular assets would not address the underlying concerns, a new study has found.

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'Mutual agreement' ends long-running EU-Canada beef hormone dispute

Canada has agreed to drop all complaints over the EU’s ban on hormone-treated beef after securing enhanced market access as part of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

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China suspends application of new health certificates on food imports

China has agreed to delay the implementation of controversial new food import rules by two years, following criticisms by its major trading partners that the rules were unfair and would disrupt trade.

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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). 

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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. 

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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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R-CALF others keeping up push for COOL in NAFTA

The issue of Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for beef and beef products and pork and pork products continues to percolate with backers of COOL now focusing their attention on the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as their next hope to get the plan reinstated.

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Podcast: What does Brexit mean for food labelling?

UK food labelling has on a number of occasions been seen to be out of step with the rest of the EU, so can we expect even more divergence post-Brexit as British exporters seek out new global markets?

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USDA sued over missed deadline on GMO labeling report

USDA is being sued for missing a deadline to issue a report on digital and electronic disclosures under the GMO labeling law. The suit was filed August 25 in US District Court for the Northern District of California by the Center for Food Safety.

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