The European Union is now willing to restart negotiations on beef trade with the U.S., but it’s still unclear if the Europeans are willing to include any other agriculture issues in the ongoing talks aimed at avoiding an all-out trans-Atlantic trade war.
The U.S. Trade Representative is using its annual report on the global state of intellectual property (IP) protection and enforcement to take the European Union to task for creating barriers to market access for American-made goods that rely on the use of common names, such as parmesan and feta.
In the latest salvo of trade actions between the U.S. and Chinese governments, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOC) announced plans today to impose a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion of U.S. goods, including soybeans, aircraft and automobiles, according to the Chinese News Agency, Xinhua.
The Senate today cleared the way for Gregg Doud to be the next chief agricultural negotiator for the Office of the United States Trade Representative, bringing key new manpower to the agency as it renegotiates the North American Free Trade Agreement and chases new free trade agreements in Asia.
U.S. complaints that Europe wasn’t living up to a promise to import American beef were ignored for years, but that’s changed in the months since the Trump administration began considering retaliatory duties on European imports. Now the two sides are talking and it looks like a deal could be in the works.