Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, Vietnam, Canada, Mexico, China, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are just some of the destinations where USDA's Ted McKinney will likely be getting his passport stamped as he works to build new relationships and rekindle existing ones in order to boost U.S. exports.
Canadian beef and pork exporters have long relied on their U.S. neighbors as solid trading partners, but that relationship has grown increasingly rocky during the contentious renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. The uncertainty surrounding the talks and the future of U.S.-Canadian trade has the northern producers looking to Asia, and they like what they see.
It was difficult for much of the U.S. ag sector to watch as President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) about 10 months ago and now the pain is sharpening as the remaining 11 countries appear to be on the verge of ratifying the massive trade pact without one of the founding members.
Washington, Oct. 5, 2017 – Renegotiating trade relationships with countries like Mexico, Canada and South Korea is the major focus of U.S. negotiators now, but the USTR and USDA should not wait to begin making inroads to foreign buyers that could be importing a lot more U.S. wheat, corn, beef, pork and dairy. That was one of the main messages to lawmakers today from Gregg Doud, President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the chief agriculture negotiator for the U.S. Trade Representative.
Washington, Oct. 4, 2017 – The U.S. needs to improve trade relationships with Pacific Rim countries where competitors like Australia and the European Union have advantages over U.S. exporters, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said today. Japan is the first target for new bilateral talks, Perdue stressed.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20, 2017 – The popular mantra from much of the ag sector as negotiators overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement is "do no harm," but the very act of renegotiating the massive three-country trade pact may be already costing pork, beef, corn, soybean and wheat exporters in lost opportunity.
WASHINGTON, August 2, 2017 - The U.S. dairy sector is fighting harder than ever on several fronts to halt the European Union’s global efforts to block cheese producers in other countries from using names like Roquefort, Asiago and Gorgonzola on the products they export.