National Newswatch

Future trade links with the United Kingdom up in the air

Jun 1 2020 — Alex Binkley — Proposed British tariffs could hit Canadian agrifood.   Ottawa—With less than seven months to Britain’s departure from the European Union, Canada’s commercial relations with its fifth largest trading partner are clouded in uncertainty. Conservative MP Michael Kram told Parliament in May the United Kingdom has “released its list of tariffs on Canadian exports that will […]

USMCA poised for star turn in trade spotlight as White House sours on China

May 28 2020 — — If trade deals were football players, Canada’s agreement with the United States and Mexico would have been considered a second-stringer a year ago compared to President Donald Trump’s original Hail Mary effort to secure a new pact with China. But now that COVID-19 has rendered China an international pariah and touched off a global movement […]

Countries supporting the WTO’s role in global economic recovery growing

May 8 2020 — Alex Binkley — U.S. among conspicuous absentees from the international initiative. Ottawa—A global campaign to restore the importance of the World Trade Organization and rules-based international trade is gaining support, a joint statement from 42 countries including Canada in early May demonstrates. International Trade Minister Mary Ng said the countries “agreed that trade should remain open and predictable, […]

Trump threatens to ‘terminate’ trade deal with China over COVID-19

May 8 2020 — Adrian Morrow — U.S. President Donald Trump is threatening economic retaliation against China over its handling of COVID-19, tying the pandemic into his long-running trade war in an escalating clash between the world’s superpowers. The President and some of his officials are also promoting a theory that the virus originated in a Chinese lab, despite producing no evidence […]

Some politicos, dairy groups say the feds promised new NAFTA would start in August, while trade experts say start date was being hurried by Trump

May 6 2020 — Neil Moss — Some opposition Parliamentarians say the federal government misled them on when the new NAFTA will come into force, believing they had an assurance that the updated trade pact would start at the beginning of August and not a month before, to the detriment of Canada’s dairy sector. But trade experts say the Trump administration forced […]

U.S. dairy export volume up 7th straight month, despite coronavirus outbreak

May 5 2020 — U.S. dairy exporters topped year-earlier levels for the seventh straight month in March, despite disruptions resulting from the coronavirus outbreak. In March, U.S. suppliers shipped 190,456 tons of milk powders, cheese, whey products, lactose and butterfat, 2% more than the year before. This is the highest figure since May 2018. On a solids basis, exports […]

Countries need to keep pandemic prevention from stifling agrifood trade

Apr 13 2020 — Alex Binkley — Former PM backs position of heads of major international organizations.   Ottawa—Governments need to make sure their pandemic control measures don’t impede trade in food products, say the heads of three key international organizations. “Now is the time to show solidarity, act responsibly and adhere to our common goal of enhancing food security, food safety […]

Canada notifies U.S. and Mexico it has ratified revised NAFTA

Apr 3 2020 — Janyce McGregor — Canada notified the United States and Mexico Thursday evening that it has finished its ratification process and is now ready to implement the measures in the revised North American trade agreement. The Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) will take effect on the first day of the third month after all three countries have given their notice of […]

Some life breathed back into WTO dispute resolution

Mar 30 2020 — Alex Binkley — Interim agreement will be in place until Appellate Body dispute resolved.   Ottawa– Canada and 15 other members of the World Trade Organization have agreed to an interim process for allowing appeals of panel reports in trade disputes in a move that is a step forward in keeping international rules in force. Trade Minister Mary […]

Britain and the E.U. Enter Trade Talks, Acrimoniously

Feb 28 2020 — — When the European Parliament bade farewell to Britain last month, its members broke out into a wistful chorus of “Auld Lang Syne.” But when British negotiators travel to Brussels on Monday to kick off the next phase of Brexit, these old acquaintances are likely to give them the cold shoulder.

CUSMA, Let’s get it done

Feb 25 2020 — Dan Darling — It’s time to restore predictability to trade in North America. The best way to do that is to pass legislation to implement the Canada United-States Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) without delay. After three years of negotiating and waiting, Canadian farmers, agri-food exporters need certainty and stability. That’s why it is encouraging to see the House Trade […]