With a deal in place between the newly independent UK and the European Union, American ag groups are anxious to see the U.S. complete its own free trade agreement with the British as the Biden administration prepares to take the reins in ongoing talks.
U.S. farm groups are looking for big wins as U.S. negotiators push the U.K. to abandon European barriers to agricultural trade in the countries' first round of trade talks, according to industry officials aware of the proceedings.
The Trump administration is adamant that agriculture and all of the divisive policies and regulations that go along with it should be included in trade talks with the Europeans, but success could mean a long and arduous battle at a time when a trade war with China is being fought and other potentially lucrative trade pacts are being negotiated.
There’s plenty for the U.S. agricultural sector to like in the U.S.-Mexico deal announced today, but the biggest win for farmers and ranchers is the agreement to continue the arrangement of zero tariffs on farm goods between the two neighboring countries.
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.