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China’s tariff response to proposed US trade sanctions promises to have big impacts on global trade in farm goods – with certain meat, fruit and nuts among the sectors most affected.
Senators from farm states warned U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer this week about the dire fallout for agriculture from the Trump administration’s trade war and the need to find new markets.
China Friday responded to the US move to impose sanctions on steel and aluminum import duties that take effect today, with the country targeting US fruit, pork and other products.
Mexico wants to use the ongoing talks on renegotiating the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to boost the export potential of the country’s dairy sector.
The mammoth $1.3 trillion spending package covering the rest of Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 is ready to go and it includes some key ag-related provisions, including a fix to the so-called "grain glitch" and more relative to US agriculture. Trade is still in focus with China actions to be signed off on by President Donald Trump today.
Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) and nine other lawmakers are calling for new language in the FY 2019 House Agricultural Appropriations bill to block USDA from allowing chicken raised or slaughtered in China to be imported into the United States. They also want the bill to continue blocking poultry processed in China from being included in federal nutrition programs.
Layered on top of an already busy day in Washington, DC, is a snowstorm that is hitting the US East Coast, federal government offices in the area are closed. That does not reduce the laundry list of items that are being worked on, including the omnibus spending package, the next farm bill and a host of trade issues.
Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) are urging U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer to support a full repeal of USDA’s catfish inspection program following Vietnam’s recent legal challenge at the World Trade Organization (WTO) targeting the program.
Commentators have been proclaiming the World Trade Organisation’s multilateral trading system as either dead or on its deathbed since before the WTO even came into existence. So why does the Trump administration’s decision to implement import tariffs on steel and aluminium have the trade hornets so agitated again?
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