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· Understanding global pork markets amidst NAFTA worries
Despite having access to other global markets, losing access to Canada’s largest trading partner would have a significant impact on the Canadian pork industry…
· NAFTA talks face big challenges over U.S. demands: Canada
· Trudeau Sees ‘Clear Path Forward’ on Nafta
· Manitoba Agriculture Minister Optimistic on NAFTA
Understanding global pork markets amidst NAFTA worries
Trade relationships in Europe and Asia will help ensure producers are profitable
By Diego Flammini, Farms.com
Feb 9, 2018
Despite having access to other global markets, losing access to Canada’s largest trading partner would have a significant impact on the Canadian pork industry.
With uncertainty looming around North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) discussions, trade relationships with Asian and European countries will help the industry, according to Mark Ferguson, manager of industry and policy analysis with the Saskatchewan Pork Development Board.
But a world without NAFTA would be challenging for Canada’s pork industry.
The United States imported CAD$1.4 billion worth of Canadian pork products in 2016, according to Canada Pork International. Mexico imported over CAD$195 million worth of Canadian pork products.
And preferred access to the American market is almost irreplaceable, Ferguson said.
“The U.S. is our most important trading partner on many commodities,” he told Farms.com today. “I don’t think any market can really replace the United States, especially in terms of proximity. There’s lots of pork that goes into the U.S. from Canada and vice-versa. We don’t want to see any changes with our trade relationship with the U.S.”
But Canada’s involvement in other trade agreements will help ensure the country’s pork producers have access to other markets...
NAFTA talks face big challenges over U.S. demands: Canada
Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Sandra Maler, Reuters
Feb 8, 2018
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Serious challenges remain to be solved at talks to modernize the NAFTA trade accord, in particular over hardline U.S. demands for major reforms, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Thursday.
Freeland told the House of Commons foreign affairs committee that Canada would only accept a deal that was in its national interest.
Talks to modernize the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have slowed down as Canada and Mexico struggle to address the proposed changes.
“Serious challenges remain, particularly in regard to the U.S. unconventional proposals,” said Freeland. “Canada will only accept an agreement that is in our national interest and respects Canadian values.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday that Canada “might very well be better off” not signing up to an updated version of NAFTA...
Trudeau Sees ‘Clear Path Forward’ on Nafta
‘It can be morning in North America’ with a new deal, he says
Canadian leader says hard to predict impact of ending accord
By Josh Wingrove, Bloomberg
February 11, 2018
Justin Trudeau’s latest mission to bolster Nafta ended on an upbeat note, as the Canadian leader said there’s still a “clear path” to a deal while pushing back against U.S. President Donald Trump.
Trudeau capped a U.S. swing Saturday in Los Angeles after stops in Chicago and San Francisco. During the trip he rejected the belief that trade deals see one country “win” over another -- a veiled rebuke of Trump’s more transactional view of trade.
Trudeau’s government has been attempting to win support from U.S. lawmakers and businesses to keep Trump from pulling out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, as he’s repeatedly threatened to do. Canadian efforts also come amid signs U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is growing more frustrated with the country.
“There is a clear path forward and we’re working very hard together on that path,” Trudeau said Saturday in Los Angeles. He spoke alongside Mayor Eric Garcetti, one of many prominent Democrats he met with. Canada wants to “ensure that we can move forward in a way that is a win-win for all of us.”
Garcetti hailed Canadian investment in his city and said Trudeau’s trip was well-received. “This is deeply important work the prime minister is doing.”
Not ‘Pushovers’ ...
Uncertain Impact ...
Manitoba Agriculture Minister Optimistic on NAFTA
Ralph Eichler - Agriculture Minister Manitoba
Farmscape for February 12, 2018
Manitoba's Minister of Agriculture remains optimistic that support from within the United States for the North American Free Trade Agreement will result in a mutually beneficial agreement being reached.
Manitoba's Agriculture Minister discussed a range of issues last week in Winnipeg, including trade, when he addressed pork sector stakeholders on hand for the 2018 Manitoba Swine Seminar.
Despite sensitivity over issues related to the auto industry, the U.S, call for a sunset clause that would limit the duration of an agreement and Canadian and Mexican concerns over the U.S. desire to throw out the dispute settlement mechanism, negotiators are reported to have made substantial progress up to this point.
Ralf Eichler observes we've seen strong support for the Canadian position on the North American Free Trade Agreement from within the United States.
Clip-Ralf Eichler-Minister of Agriculture Manitoba:
We feel that we're getting closer to some type of resolution.
We know that the United States has had a number of folks come and support Canada, that they understand and know well that Canada is important to have in the U.S. economy.
They know their economy will suffer without us.
We appreciate that support.
We hope that that message gets back to President Trump.
The Senate has been very supportive, as well the House of Representatives have been very supportive of making sure we have an agreement now and going forward that's respectful and has benefits for trade for both countries that's beneficial.