US National Trade Estimates Comments

NAEGA, along with the National Oilseed Processors Association (NOPA) and the American Soybean Association (ASA), submitted Comments on October 25 regarding export barriers in Argentina. Responding to USTR’s invitation “to assist it in identifying significant barriers to U.S. exports” in preparation for the National Trade Estimates (NTE) Report, NAEGA, NOPA, and ASA argued that U.S. exports of soybeans and soybean products could be significantly higher if the industry did not have to compete with Argentina’s differential export taxes (DETs), which are inconsistent with Argentina’s WTO obligations. The Comments conclude that the administration must take immediate action to eliminate Argentina’s use of DETs on soybeans and soybean products.

You can read the full Comments here.

MON 863 Update

In cooperation with Monsanto and Coceral, NAEGA encouraged Monsanto to provide an update on the corn event  MON 863. The update provided by Monsanto can be found here.

Updated NAEGA Directory

A new membership directory is now available for NAEGA members. The new directory can be found here, or on the NAEGA members only webpage. NAEGA Member Directories include a comprehensive list of NAEGA’s Board, leadership and membership and committee participation. Please review the directory and let us know if you have any changes.

NAPPO RSPM 9 Expert Group Nominations – Due November 17

NAEGA members are invited to submit recommendations for individuals to serve on the North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO) new expert group! This group, pursuant to NAPPO’s 2018 workplan, will help revise the Regional Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (RPM) 9: Authorization of Laboratories for Phytosanitary Testing. Canada, the U.S., and Mexico will all nominate experts to serve, with one or two key industry experts from each country to be selected. NAEGA is hoping to recommend one or more persons to serve on the export group that has a strong understanding of the grain trade and phytosanitary testing. Nominations are due by November 17, 2017.

Please see a project description here.

Export-Import Bank Nominee Testifies

Scott Garrett, President Trump’s nominee to serve as Chairman and President of the Export-Import Bank, testified before the Senate Banking Committee on November 1. During his testimony, Mr. Garrett pledged his full support for the Bank, saying that the bank “will continue to operate, point blank,” despite his previous skepticism of the Bank’s mission as a member of Congress.

You can watch his testimony here.