Trade Policy Update

April 18, 2017

U.S. trade policy remains a priority focus for USDBC to ensure that dry bean industry interests are represented at the highest levels of trade negotiations as the U.S. trade agenda continues to evolve.

Dominican Republic – USDBC is in communication with the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to ensure compliance with and enforcement of CAFTA TRQ administration for dry bean imports.

Colombia – In order to find a solution to Colombia’s no tolerance policy on the presence of soil in shipments, USDBC is considering joining the International Grain Trade Coalition, a coalition of international trade groups working to resolve trade facilitation issues such as soil tolerance.

NAFTA – The administration has only issued a draft notice of intent to renegotiate NAFTA. Most of the changes outlined for agricultural are items that have already been agreed to as part of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. USDBC remains engaged in discouraging any radical changes as part of the North America Food & Ag Trade Group.

USDBC Trade Policy Update

Confirmation of Secretary of Agriculture and U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) – USDBC has continued to join colleagues in the agricultural trade community encouraging immediate confirmation of Sonny Perdue to USDA and Robert Lighthizer as USTR.

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