STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT Keeping tabs on trade barriers
Foreign trade barriers are a huge problem for U.S. agricultural producers. Too many countries try, in one form or another, to keep out U.S. ag products.
Keeping track of all the roadblocks is no easy... Posted on 4/18/12 at 3:38 PM
Russia’s ban on Western meat imports, in response to sanctions imposed for its role in eastern Ukraine, contributed in part to increased U.S. pork and poultry warehouse inventories in August, an analyst says.
The European Commission announced financial support for exporters of dairy products hit by Russia’s ban on Western food imports, adding to emergency measures already taken to help fruit and vegetable producers.
In a victory for U.S. sugar growers, the Department of Commerce ruled on Aug. 26 that the Mexican government has been subsidizing sugar exported to the U.S., and issued a preliminary ruling that the U.S. will impose duties on Mexican sugar.
Mikkel Pates and Jerry Hagstrom
August 26, 2014
Because of uncertainties in the Russian market, the beef genetics trade mission hosted by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and South Dakota Beef Breeds Council planned for October has been cancelled.
Belarus, aiming to boost food exports to neighboring Russia, has cancelled a ban on live cattle from the European Union, Yuri Pivovarchuk, the head of veterinary surveillance at Belarussian agriculture ministry, said.
Russia’s threatened ban on U.S. poultry imports, the latest move in a sanctions skirmish over Moscow’s support of rebels in Ukraine, has agriculture companies alert to the risks of a conflict that’s already roiled trading of crops ranging from soy, beef and fruit to California pistachios.
An improved outlook for global bulk shipping rates spells bad news for grain exporters as they go into the latest sales campaign, with increased freight costs squeezing profit margins and adding to price competition in leading markets.
Area businesses can serve as successful examples in exporting for other parts of the country, according to Arun Kumar, assistant secretary of commerce for global markets and director general of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service.
The European Union is likely to surpass the U.S. to become the top world wheat exporter next season as high freight rates help EU suppliers tighten their grip on nearby markets in the Middle East and expand sales in Asia.
Nigel Hunt and Julie Ingwersen Reuters
June 18, 2014
A planned trade deal between the European Union and the U.S. needs to sweep away “non-scientific barriers” that prevent U.S. farmers from selling many genetically modified (GM) crops and some chemically treated meats in Europe, the U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says.
Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz lashed out at the United States for being a “schoolyard bully” on trade issues, and says he sees more promise in negotiating a bilateral deal with Japan than the more ambitious Trans-Pacific Partnership.
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