The U.S. and European Union are working to smooth out trade differences when it comes to aviation and steel, but the U.S. dairy sector says a proposed European overhaul to the health certificates it requires for imports is a major threat to American exports.
U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai announced Tuesday that the U.S. is requesting a dispute panel to challenge Canada’s operation of dairy tariff-rate quotas that it agreed to under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
U.S. dairy farmers and exporters are offering a united front against the latest trade threat out of Mexico – proposed new standards that could make it more difficult, and a lot more expensive, to ship hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of cheese south of the border every year.
The U.S. has been in consultations with Canada since Dec. 9 over allegations that Canada has twisted its promises on dairy quotas created under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement and now U.S. industry groups are pushing for quicker action.
A coordinating structure that was first established in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks is diligently working to protect US food production and avoid potential COVID-19 disruptions in the food supply chain. It’s not been easy.