U.S. Food and Agriculture Dialogue

On February 9 NAEGA President and CEO Gary Martin, along with North American Meat Institute (NAMI) Vice-President Bill Westman and Cassandra Kuball of the Corn Refiners Association (CRA), led a meeting of the U.S. Food and Agriculture Dialogue for Trade. The Dialogue is an off the record broad based open forum that convenes as needed to discuss U.S. agriculture's interests in trade. This week, the Dialogue hosted Ken Smith Ramos of the Mexican Embassy and Mike Hawkins and Brad Wood of the Canadian Embassy to discuss trilateral trade in North American and the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement. In addition, the Dialogue discussed recent letters sent to the Trump Administration on trade in North American and the Asia-Pacific and agreed to continue to engage with the Administration on trade issues in the future, including on upcoming March discussions on trade between the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Pacific Alliance in Chile.

Asia-Pacific Letter

On February 6, 2017 NAEGA, along with member companies and industry stakeholders, signed a letter to U.S. President Donald Trump on the importance of the Asia-Pacific marketplace to U.S. America’s farmers, ranchers, processors and food companies. The letter’s signatories look forward to working with the new Administration to preserve and expand upon the market access gains achieved by the U.S. food and agriculture sector in the Asia-Pacific region. A copy of the letter can be found here.

Trudeau Visits Washington

On February 13, 2017 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau travelled to Washington, D.C. for his first meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump. During the meeting both men discussed bilateral issues including border security, trade, energy and the environment, and global security. During the talks, both leaders confirmed the two countries commitments to the existing strong foundation for trade and investment and committed to further deepening the relationship.
A copy of the joint issued by the President and the Prime Minister is available here.

Abe Visits Washington

On February 10-11, 2017 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Washington, DC and Mar-a-Lago, Florida for his first bilateral summit with President Donald Trump. During the summit, Mr. Trump and Mr. Abe discussed the Japanese and U.S. bilateral relationship, including trade, investment and security ties. A copy of the President and Prime Minister joint statement following their summit can be found here.

Indian Regulatory Compliance FAQs

On January 23, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) published a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions covering information related to regulatory compliance issues. The 22-page document covers topics related to the FSS act of 2006, legislation that established rules and regulations made thereunder by the FBO’s. Issues include enforcement, licensing categories and information, penalties, and IEC code importation, among others.
The full FAQ document is available here or on the FSSAI website here.

U.S. Government Transition

NAEGA continues to monitor developments in the U.S. Government transition and work closely with Washington, D.C. member representatives and industry stakeholders regarding changes to U.S. trade policy.


Nominations and Confirmations
NAEGA continues to monitor the Cabinet nominations. Nominations hearings are currently ongoing. NAEGA understands the following nominations and confirmations have been made: 

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On November 30-December 17, 2016 Katy Lee, Secretariat of the International Grain Trade Coalition (IGTC) traveled to Washington, D.C. and Cancun, Mexico. In Washington, D.C. Katy met and discussed IGTC policy files with Washington based IGTC members, stakeholders and contacts. Following her meetings in Washington, Katy traveled on to Cancun to lead the IGTC delegation to the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP-MOP 8 on the Cartagena Biosafety Protocol (CBP)). In Cancun, Katy and the rest of the IGTC team represented IGTC policy on the CBP, including grain trade interests in the transboundary movement of living modified organisms. A copy of the COP-MOP 8 ministerial declaration can be found here. A trip report for this travel is now available and can be found here.

NAFTA and China Policy Teams

NAEGA staff are recruiting member personnel to participate in policy teams focused on the North American Free Trade Agreement and China. The Board of Directors requested the creation of these policy teams during the January 31 Board meeting in Miami, Florida. Policy teams will monitor unfolding trade policy changes related to the U.S. government transition, including:


  • NAFTA Policy Team: Work with NAEGA staff to monitor a potential renegotiation of NAFTA. Develop policy requests for a revised NAFTA agreement and communicate with U.S., Canadian and Mexican government officials the value of an efficient open North American marketplace.
  • China Policy Team: Work with NAEGA staff to monitor U.S. government trade relations with China. Topics include advising and communicating NAEGA positions on Decree 177, production technologies and U.S. trade policy developments.


Please contact Ryan if you have any questions or are interested in participating in these policy teams.