USDA working to remove tariffs now that USMCA is signed


By Mark Dorenkamp, Brownfield

December 5, 2018


U.S. ag officials are hopeful steel and aluminum tariffs will soon be removed following the signing of the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement.


Undersecretary for trade Ted McKinney says USDA is working towards a resolution.


“There is no doubt we’d like to see these steel and aluminum tariffs come off.  And therefore, the counter-tariffs against our country come off.”


He says there are reports trade officials are considering replacing tariffs with some sort of import quota system.


“We have not been a part of that because the allocation and the quota would not be on ag products, it’s more steel and aluminum.  So that’s left to commerce, USTR, and others.”