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· Trade group reports that US food suppliers are foregoing China contracts over COVID-19 hurdles
… exporters are nervous that Chinese authorities could reject perishable goods, making the shipments a total loss, Nuxoll said...
· Coronavirus rekindles global trade disputes
… Countries across the world imposed 222 exports curbs on medical supplies and medicines and in some cases food, according to Global Trade Alert, a Swiss monitoring group…
Trade group reports that US food suppliers are foregoing China contracts over COVID-19 hurdles
An industry group representing US agriculture producers says that Chinese demands that overseas suppliers guarantee that their shipments are free from COVID-19 contamination are making some shippers forego trading with China.
by Global Ag Media
via The Pig Site - 29 June 2020
According to reporting in Reuters, Western Growers, a trade group representing companies that produce nearly half of US fresh vegetables, fruits and tree nuts, confirmed that many of its members had received import declaration requests from Chinese authorities.
"It's changing how some of our growers are reacting to the marketplace," said Dennis Nuxoll, the trade group's vice president of federal government affairs. "Some of them are not going to export."
Nuxoll declined to say which companies were backing away from shipments to China.
Western Growers complained this week to the US Department of Agriculture and US Trade Representative over the issue, and the government said it would take it up, Nuxoll said.
The USDA and USTR did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
In a statement on 24 June, the USDA and US Food and Drug Administration said: "Efforts by some countries to restrict global food exports related to COVID-19 transmission are not consistent with the known science of transmission."
China, where the coronavirus pandemic originated, is trying to prevent any possibility of new infections coming from imported goods as it takes aggressive measures to contain a recent spike linked to a wholesale food market in Beijing.
Global meat exporters like JBS SA, along with some US produce suppliers, have agreed to sign declarations ensuring the safety of their shipments. Others that export produce and soybeans have scoffed.
Produce exporters are nervous that Chinese authorities could reject perishable goods, making the shipments a total loss, Nuxoll said...
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Coronavirus rekindles global trade disputes
Philip Blenkinsop, Reuters
June 29, 2020
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - At the start of the year, U.S.-China tensions were easing after their Phase I trade deal, while Washington, Brussels and Tokyo agreed on new global trading rules to curb subsidies. A relative calm had set in.
Then the new coronavirus struck.
Countries across the world imposed 222 exports curbs on medical supplies and medicines and in some cases food, according to Global Trade Alert, a Swiss monitoring group. For medical products, it was more than 20 times the usual level.
Those curbs are now being lifted, but the pandemic has reinforced protectionist arguments by highlighting how global supply chains can deprive people of essential medical protection and disrupt food supplies, as well as threaten jobs.
U.S. President Donald Trump has said he wants to cut ties with China, the European Union is planning barriers to state-backed investment from China and elsewhere and China is demanding declarations that food imports are virus-free.
Former EU trade chief Cecilia Malmstrom said there was a “worrying” tendency towards protectionism in the world and the re-emergence of trade conflicts briefly paused by the health crisis.
“Trade-wise we should be concerned,” she told a seminar on Wednesday.
The World Trade Organization said on Tuesday that global trade in goods was set for a record fall this year and that wider restrictions could see a 2021 rebound falling short.
In the past fortnight, the United States has withdrawn from negotiations with European countries over a tax on digital firms and pledged a “broad reset” of its set of tariffs agreed with World Trade Organization partners.
It has also threatened tariffs on a new range of European products, including fresh olives, bakery items and gin, to maintain pressure in a 16-year dispute over aircraft subsidies.
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