The United States has yet to propose changes to the dairy issue between the U.S. and Canada as part of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation. And, Canada’s lead NAFTA negotiator doesn’t expect the United States to make demands for the dairy sector during the current set of talks that conclude Wednesday in Canada, according to the Toronto Star newspaper.
President Donald Trump has criticized Canada’s supply management system that protects its domestic dairy industry, which Ottawa has vowed to support.
Canada’s supply management system for dairy has been in place since the 1970s and allows Canada to set production quotas and the price of milk.
President Trump has blamed Canada’s dairy import restrictions for the economic woes of dairy farmers in New York and Wisconsin.
The U.S.-based National Milk Producers Federation earlier this year, along with the Mexico dairy industry, called on negotiators to address Canada’s policy that they say hinder free trade.
From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting News Service.