U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai has described the upcoming meeting with her Mexican and Canadian counterparts as a friendly-sounding “annual get-together,” but it’s also expected to be a showdown over contentious issues that have put the three countries at odds.
U.S. farm groups are concerned about the increasing agricultural trade troubles with Mexico and Canada despite the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement and Biden administration officials are stressing that resolving those issues is a priority.
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.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Monday that one of his top priorities will be making sure Canada and Mexico live up to their promises under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, a pact that is already showing cracks.
President-elect Joe Biden has tapped a China expert to be his U.S. Trade Representative, reflecting the most pressing trade issue his administration will face on day one – the ongoing trade war with the Asian economic powerhouse.
After months of complaints from U.S. dairy farmers, the Trump administration took the first step Wednesday in challenging Canada’s implementation of new tariff rate quotas. The two countries will now begin consultations under dispute rules laid out in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which could lead to the formation of an official dispute panel.
It’s official. Georgia Democrat David Scott will chair the House Agriculture Committee next year. The full House conference voted to approve Scott as recommended by the House Democratic steering committee.
A new Canadian policy could be a major boon for U.S. corn farmers and ethanol producers, creating new demand and market access north of the U.S. border, but only if the Canadian government can be convinced to change a couple of key provisions.