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·         USTR vows to keep battling “significant” foreign trade barriers

·         USTR identifies barriers to ag trade in annual report



USTR vows to keep battling “significant” foreign trade barriers


The Cattle Site

06 April 2021


The US government has vowed to continue battling what it sees as significant trade barriers that are harming American companies and farmers, and singled out China as the "world's leading offender" in creating overcapacities in several sectors.


Reuters reports that the US Trade Representative's office said its annual report on the issue showed "significant barriers that present major policy challenges with implications for future US growth opportunities, and the fairness of the global economy."


It said it would engage with foreign governments on various issues that threaten US exporters, including digital policies, agricultural trade barriers and technical barriers.


It also vowed to work to address Chinese subsidies that have created excess capacities in the steel, aluminum and solar sectors, and could soon affect other industries.


The report made clear that US Trade Representative Katherine Tai plans to continue a hardline approach to foreign trade practices that hamper US export growth, even as she has promised to work far more cooperatively with US allies.


US trading partners have been waiting anxiously to meet with Tai and understand how the Biden administration will shift its trade policies after four years of disruptive tariffs imposed by the administration of former President Donald Trump.


The 570-page National Trade Estimate Report shows that Washington will continue to challenge China and other countries that impose trade barriers or other regulatory hurdles, and limit access to US companies...





USTR identifies barriers to ag trade in annual report


By Nicole Heslip, Brownfield

April 5, 2021


The U.S. Trade Representative says an array of tariff and nontariff barriers continue to overhang ag exports.


Its recently released National Trade Estimate Report, USTR identifies non-science-based regulatory measures, opaque approval processes for products of agricultural biotechnology, and restrictions on the ability of U.S. producers to use the common names of products along with difficult import licensing and certification requirements as areas that impede trade among the 65 partners reviewed.


The U.S. Dairy Export Council says some of their concerns have been incorporated into the report including issues with Mexico, Canada, China, and the European Union.


President and CEO Krysta Harden tells Brownfield USTR is currently investigating if Canada...