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Singapore
Singapore will push forward to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a change from other nations taking a wait and see approach after President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the trade agreement. Continue reading

tpp
Former U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman speaking in Tokyo this week said the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) can still serve as a guide for future trade agreements. Continue reading

free trade
Japan and Germany over the weekend announced an agreement to work together on free trade. The announcement follows President Donald Trump’s removal of the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which included Japan. Continue reading

Agriculture groups
Leadership from 11 major agriculture groups met with the White House last week to discuss trade issues. The meeting followed a series of written communications to the Trump administration from the groups under the banner of the U.S. Food and Agriculture Dialogue for Trade, organized by the Corn Refiners Association. Continue reading

grains council
U.S. Grains Council (USGC) leaders traveled to Mexico this week to hear customer concerns about the state of trade relations between the two countries and offer reassurances about U.S. grains producers’ dedication to their market.

Chairman Chip Councell, a farmer from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and President and CEO Tom Sleight traveled to Mexico City, Guadalajara and Merida, accompanied by USGC’s Mexico Director Ryan LeGrand and Assistant Director Heidi Bringenberg. Continue reading

trade substantive
Executive staff leaders from 11 major U.S. agricultural and agribusiness organizations commended the Trump administration for engaging in a substantive and productive meeting on March 15 that was focused on the importance of continued growth of food and agriculture exports.

The meeting followed a series of written communications to the Trump administration from the broad-based U.S. Food and Agriculture Dialogue for Trade, as well as a number of the individual organizations, stressing the importance of agricultural trade. Those communications also have expressed an eagerness on behalf of the food and agriculture sector to work actively and constructively with the administration in preserving the major benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement to the sector while seeking further improvements to modernize the 23-year-old accord, as well as to reinvigorate trade negotiations with important U.S. agricultural trading partners in the Asia-Pacific region. Continue reading

nafta changes
Everett Griner talks about agriculture trade will see changes in today’s Agri View.

Changes Expected

Farm organizations are waiting to see what the new administration’s posture on agriculture is going to be. Mr. Trump has had very little to say about agriculture directly. You can expect some, perhaps a great deal, of rhetoric on international trade. With issues like NAFTA, that’s the North American Free Trade Agreement, covers all trade. Not just farm trade. Farm organizations have always maintained that U.S. farmers don’t get a fair deal with NAFTA. And as China’s population continues to increase and its economic status the Chinese government will seek better trade deals with everybody. Especially the United States. Meanwhile, in Washington the national political face of agriculture is going to change. A new Agriculture Committee Chairman plus several new faces on the standing committee. I’d expect next year to be quite different for all of agriculture.

That’s Agri View for today. I’m Everett Griner.

KansasU.S. Senate Republican Jerry Moran (more-ran) (Kansas) is calling for the United States to restore trade with Cuba. Moran recently reintroduced legislation to lift the trade embargo against Cuba. Continue reading

trade meeting
China claims a trade meeting in Chile this week is not strictly about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, once led by the United States. Representatives from the 12 member countries that formed the TPP, along with China and South Korea are meeting in Chile. Continue reading

free trade agreements
The European Union is pushing for free trade agreements in the Asia-Pacific region. The EU is aggressively moving forward on free trade talks in the region, and the National Pork Producers Council is urging the United States to do the same. Continue reading

foreign trade
The United States will send a representative to a trade summit later this month on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. The agreement is thought to be dead following President Donald Trump’s removal of the U.S. from the deal. Continue reading

nafta changes
Now that Wilbur Ross is officially confirmed as Secretary of Commerce, the Trump administration may soon turn its attention to the North American Free Trade Agreement. Continue reading

wheat import tax
Two sources in the Indian government told Reuters this week that India could impose a 25-percent wheat import tax by the middle of March. That move would reinstate the tariff after a three-month gap as a response to recent large purchases from overseas. Continue reading

nafta changes
Mexico issued a warning to the United States over the weekend, saying if any North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiations include new tariffs, the nation’s trade leaders would “get up from the table.” Continue reading

free trade support
A new poll by the Wall Street Journal shows an increase in free trade support in the United States. The growing support comes despite anti-trade sentiments by President Donald Trump and his removal of the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, along with intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. Continue reading

trade agreement
Despite strong anti-trade comments from President Trump, a $1 trillion free trade agreement went into effect on Wednesday of this week, called the Trade Facilitation Agreement. A CNN Money report says the agreement is designed to cut through red tape and help solve problems like border delays and transportation bottlenecks. The World Trade Organization says it will cut a day and a half off the time needed to import goods and cut two days off the time need to export products. Continue reading

nafta changes
Senior officials from Canada and Mexico say re-negotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will happen with all nations at the table. The trade agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico is being targeted by President Donald Trump for “tweaking.” Continue reading

European union Canada trade
The European Union Parliament backed a measure Wednesday approving the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the European Union and Canada. Continue reading

bilateral trade
Japan’s Prime Minister told the nation’s parliament this week he is open to a bilateral trade agreement with the United States. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (sheen-zoh ah-bay) says he is “not afraid” of a free trade agreement with the U.S. if it benefits Japan, according to online newspaper Japan Today. Continue reading

ryan
House Speaker Paul Ryan says he asked Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (True-doh) regarding Canadian market access for U.S. dairy producers. The Wisconsin Republican met with Trudeau Monday as part of Trudeau’s visit to Washington, DC this week. Continue reading

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