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NAFTA negotiations begin

on August 17th, 2017 in News by | No Comments

On Wednesday, August 16 the first round of negotations for the North American Free Trade Agreement begin at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C. Negotiations opened with briefs statements by Robert Lighthizer, U.S. Trade Representative, Crystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Canadian Chief Negotiator, and Ildefonso Guajardo, Mexican…

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Ballast Water Management Deadline Extended

on August 9th, 2017 in News by | No Comments

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has decided to extend the deadline for compliance with the Ballast Water Management Convention (BWM) to September 8, 2017. Following the September 8 deadline, all covered vessels will be subject to the new ballast water performance standard. The U.S. Coast Guard is already enforcing ballast…

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NAFTA Negotiations Set

on July 31st, 2017 in News by | No Comments

U.S., Canadian and Mexican negotiators have announced that the first round of negotiations for the modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement will begin on August 16-20 in Washington, D.C. The negotiations will begin on the first day allowed in the U.S. Trade Promotion Authority legislation. The U.S. Trade…

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Italy COOL Developments

on July 31st, 2017 in News by | No Comments

The Italian Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry policies has issued a decree ordering new country of origin labeling policies for all packets of rice and pasta sold in Italy. The new packaging must reveal where the wheat contained in the food was grown and milled into semolina for pasta-making….

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USTR Releases NAFTA Negotiating Objectives

on July 21st, 2017 in News by | No Comments

On Monday, July 17 the U.S. Trade Representative released the Trump Administration’s list of negotiating objectives for the modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement. The objectives include negotiating parameters in 22 areas including: trade in goods, SPS, customs, TBT, regulatory practices, services, digital trade, investment, intellectual property, transparency,…

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China Safety Certificates for Enlist Corn

on July 10th, 2017 in News by | No Comments

With the Chinese approval of DOW AgroSciences Enlist Corn (DAS-40278-9), Safety Certificates are now available for import. To request a copy of the Safety Certificate for Enlist Corn, grain handlers can submit their information through the DOW AgroSciences website, here. In order to obtain import approval for grain or byproducts…

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Syngenta to Pay Millions to Kansas Farmers

on June 27th, 2017 in News by | No Comments

A Kansas jury has ordered Syngenta AG to pay $217.7 million to a group of Kansas farmers in a suit related to the marketing of genetically modified corn seed which caused contamination of U.S. crops and the suspension of U.S. corn exports to China. The jury agreed that the marketing…

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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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