Friday, September 20, 2019

International News/Trade

Lawmakers Want India’s Trade Privileges Restored

Reuters says 44 members of Congress are asking U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to restore trade concessions to India. They say the U.S. withdrawal of that trade privilege has led to retaliatory tariffs, which...

South Korea Now ASF-Positive

From the Pork Checkoff South Korea has now joined eight other Asian countries in becoming positive for African swine fever (ASF). This comes after pigs were found positive for ASF near the nation’s border with...
EU

EU Ag Commissioner Named to Trade Post

The European Union Ag Commissioner is taking a new job, becoming the EU trade commissioner. Phil Hogan will take the place of Cecilia Malmström in November, according to Politico. Hogan will oversee trade talks...

Tariffs Cost U.S. Importers $6.8 Billion in July

Trade group Tariffs Hurt the Heartland claims the tariffs enacted by President Donald Trump cost U.S. importers a record $6.8 billion in July. The vast majority were on Chinese goods, though the administration has...

China Removes Some Tariffs, Pork, Soybean Tariffs Remain

China this week announced tariff exemptions for 16 U.S. products, but not for top agricultural commodities. China’s Minister of Finance says the exemptions will apply to some anti-cancer drugs and lubricants, as well as...

New Data Shows Tariffs Cost U.S. Taxpayers $30 Billion

Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) president Dennis Slater issued the following statement on new data released today showing American businesses paid a record $6.8 billion in July due to tariffs and extra import tariffs...

Navarro: Congress Will Pass USMCA yet This Year

Peter Navarro says there is a 100 percent chance Congress will pass the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. The advisor to President Donald Trump told CNBC news that he “can’t imagine that Nancy Pelosi would not put...

China Ready to Purchase U.S. Ag Goods

China is expected to agree to purchase more U.S. agricultural products in hopes of a better trade agreement. The South China Morning Post reports working-level officials were discussing the text of a deal, which...

U.S. Pork Industry Receives USDA Grant to Open ASF Dialogue in Asia

The global outbreak of African swine fever (ASF), is growing, with new cases appearing throughout Southeast Asia and China. While there are no reported cases of ASF in the U.S., a grant recently awarded...

China Taking Steps to Boost Pork Supplies

The Chinese Commerce Ministry says it will look at ways to boost pork imports and will look at releasing frozen pork, beef, and mutton from state reserves. Reuters says the goal is to increase...

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