U.S. Administration Modifies Cuba Policies

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U.S. Administration Modifies Cuba Policies

on June 20th, 2017 in News by | No Comments

On Friday, June 16 the Trump Administration announced modifications to its policy toward Cuba. The new policies seek to slow the normalization of political and economic ties begun under the Obama Administration. Under changes made by the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC), the administration will begin to…

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Sugar Deal Reached with Mexico

on June 13th, 2017 in News by | No Comments

On Thursday, June 6 the U.S. and Mexican government reached an agreement in principle regarding antidumping and countervailing duties against Mexican sugar imports. The agreement, commonly known as a suspension agreement, will limit imports of refined Mexican sugar to address concerns raised by the U.S. sugar industry that Mexican sugar…

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NAFTA Notice of Intent to Congress

on June 1st, 2017 in News by | No Comments

On Friday, May 18 the U.S. Trade Representative addressed a letter informing Congressional leaders of the Administration’s intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Notification of the Administration intent to renegotiate NAFTA is mandated by Trade Promotion Authority legislation and kicks off a 90-day consultation period with…

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G-7 Statement on Trade

on May 18th, 2017 in News by | No Comments

The G-7 nation finance ministers released a statement on global trade following a ministerial meeting in Sicily.  The statement included tempered commitment to international trade after the U.S. Treasury pushed back on more substantive discussions of free trade during the meeting. A copy of the statement can be found here.

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Department of Commerce 10-Point Plan with China

on May 18th, 2017 in News by | No Comments

Last week the Department of Commerce released the “100-Day Action Plan of the U.S.-China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue” agreed to by Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump. The ten actions include: Chinese Beef Imports; Biotechnology; Poultry Liquid Natural Gas trade; Investment; Cross-border exchange and currency clearing; Electronic payment…

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U. S. Foreign Food Supplier Verification Program

on May 11th, 2017 in News by | No Comments

New Import requirements under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Foreign Food Supplier Verification program (FSVP) will begin taking effect on May 30. Importers of food for humans or animals, with some exceptions, are required  to verify that (a) their foreign suppliers use processes and procedures that provide the same…

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Rationalizing Grain and Oilseed Trade Across the US-Canada Border Report

on May 11th, 2017 in News by | No Comments

A report on existing Canadian grain-related policies regarding management of small grains and oilseeds by the Canadian Government has been made public. The report discusses government policies affect on Canadian marine grain exports. Policies examined include wheat grades, Canadian grain rail policies, government ownership of grain rail cars, and asynchronous…

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ICTSD Paper on Negotiating Global Rules on Agricultural Domestic Support

on May 1st, 2017 in News by | No Comments

This week the International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development published “Negotiating Global Rules on Agricultural Domestic Support: Options for the World Trade Organization’s Buenos Aires Ministerial Conference.” The paper looks to ideas presented at the WTO to evaluate potential methods for negotiating agricultural support, focusing on products of particular…

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Proposal for Rules for International Business and Human Rights Arbitration

on April 20th, 2017 in News by | No Comments

An Independent International Working Group led by specialists from Sweden, the Netherlands, are developing a draft proposal for an International Business and Humans Rights Arbitration system for businesses and victims of human rights violations. The system would allow businesses and individuals to voluntarily agree to bring disputes to the international…

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GOA Report on USAID Food Assistance

on April 20th, 2017 in News by | No Comments

Earlier this week, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) publicly released a report on the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) implementation and oversight of additional food aid flexibility authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. The report offers the first comprehensive look into the extent USAID is using the new authority…

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