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USMCA seen as “basis” of future US trade agreements
An official with the US Grains Council suggests the US Mexico Canada Agreement lays a solid foundation for future trade deals.
Macron’s fair trade ‘crusade’ faces enemies within
Paris is set for a tough battle in trying to export EU standards round the world.
Taiwan considers lifting ban on Japanese food imports to improve odds of joining CPTPP
Taiwan looks set to lift a long-standing ban on imports of food products from five Japanese prefectures as it seeks to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Groups, mayors oppose RCEP trade agreement
Over 60 groups of farmers, fishers, workers, civil society organizations and 186 mayors oppose the Senate’s concurrence to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade agreement.
New Zealand cheers Canada’s loss in dairy dispute and calls for ’significant reform’
Canada has repeatedly broken its promise to let foreign cheese and butter flow more freely into the country, officials say
India, UK kick off FTA talks, will avoid ‘sensitive issues’
Bilateral trade between the countries is worth about $50 billion per year. Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal said both countries had agreed to avoid “sensitive issues” and focus on areas where there is more complementarity.
Will oppose any move to throw open dairy sector to Australia: BKU
Indian farmers will oppose the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) between India and Australia if it throws open the country’s dairy sector for Australian dairy majors.
India to allow in imports of US pork and products, US officials say
India has agreed to allow imports of US pork and pork products into India, removing a longstanding barrier to US agricultural trade.
India to keep sensitive dairy, agri items out of FTA with Australia
India is keeping sensitive dairy and agriculture items out of the India-Australia free trade agreement (FTA) as it does not want to compromise the interest of its farmers.
Romania wins EUR 2 bln dispute at ICSID against Romanian-Swedish investors Micula
A committee attached to the Washington International Court (ICSID) definitively rejected the €1.8 bln claims of Romanian-Swedish investors Ioan and Viorel Micula.
US wins Canada trade spat as panel says dairy rules defy pact
The US notched a victory in a spat with Canada over dairy trade, with a dispute-settlement panel finding that the nation’s allocation of American lower-tariff imports violates their agreement.
America-based corn lobby urges Biden to prioritise Kenya trade pact
The US’ main corn lobby group has urged President Joe Biden’s administration and Congress to prioritise trade deals with the US and Kenya to avoid losing their industry’s advantage over China.
What might be the impact of the Australia trade deal on British food and farming
Approximately 40% of Australia’s total beef supply is produced in intensive feedlot systems where the animals are kept in close confinement and fed largely on grain rather than pasture.
Australian beef linked to deforestation could end up part of post-Brexit trade deal
Investigation finds areas of cleared land in Queensland likely to be habitats for threatened species.
Farmers urged senators to junk RCEP
A group of farmers has threatened not to support re-electionist senators if they will not junk the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a mega trade deal.
US pork exports surging despite challenges
The biggest reason our exports have continued growing is trade deals, whether free trade agreements, trade and investment framework agreements or one-off market access deals.
Trade deals pushing UPOV: an interactive map
Which countries use free trade deals to push corporate control over seeds? Which countries are under attack from these deals?
“Prosperity for a few, poverty for the lot”, WTO and free trade agreements have failed the people!
We need a multilateral trade system where people and their social movements are at equal footing with governments in defining the trade rules between countries.
RCEP: Weighing the good, bad in world’s biggest free trade pact
A group of farmers, fishers, civil society organizations, and the private sector has expressed opposition to the ratification of the world’s largest free trade agreement—the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
Vietnam agrees to cut tariff on US pork
Better market access to Vietnam, a major pork-consuming country, has been a top trade priority for the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC).