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
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.
The U.S. agricultural department said on Monday it would like to head off a protracted trade dispute with Mexico over sugar imports by encouraging a negotiated agreement before any sanctions are imposed.
Effective today, the Mexican government has implemented its final rule to allow U.S. fresh potatoes to enter all of Mexico. This action is part of a bi-lateral agreement that facilitates trade in fresh potatoes between the two countries.
The U.S. futures regulator wants to weed out any unfair advantage speed traders may have by getting sensitive information ahead of others, an official said on May 13, as it weighs new rules for computerized trading.
Kazakhstan will boost grain exports to Iran and China this 2013 to ’14 marketing year as it seeks to diversify regions of supply and reduce dependence on Russian and Ukrainian ports, the country’s state grain trader says.
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