The United Kingdom will no longer be included in Canada’s Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with the European Union Jan. 1, and the two countries have been hoping to reach their own deal.  | Reuters/Peter Cziborra photo

Early U.K.-Canada trade deal prospects not looking good

As prospects of a trade deal between the United Kingdom and the European Union collapse, there is growing doubt that a post-Brexit pact involving Canada can be completed by the end of the year. The U.K. left the EU on Jan. 31 and nearing the end of an 11-month implementation period where essentially agreements remain […] Read more

Three trade deals later and Canadian farmers are looking to the federal government for promised compensation.  |  Mike Raine photo

Dairy farmers want compensation action

Canada’s dairy farmers are calling on the federal government to make good on its promise to compensate producers after giving up market share of the supply-managed industry to more foreign competitors. The Liberal government has told Dairy Farmers of Canada compensation is coming as a result of three major trade deals: the Comprehensive Economic and […] Read more

To counter the growing prevalence of nationalistic policies, Canada is leading supportive countries in a WTO reform effort  to halt the introduction of new non-tariff trade barriers, such as unfair phytosanitary conditions or discriminatory rules of origin. | File photo

COVID uncertainty remains in global markets

The impact of COVID-19’s second wave is continuing to cause uncertainty in global trade markets. According to the World Trade Organization, between October 2019 and May 2020, G20 economies implemented 154 new trade or related measures, finding 95 to be trade-facilitating and 59 as trade-restrictive. “In the early stages of the pandemic, several of the […] Read more


Talks between the U.K. and EU have so far gone poorly and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is now preparing voters to enter 2021 without a trade agreement in place. A deal between the two is likely being prioritized over negotiations with Canada. | Getty Images

U.K.-Canada trade deal prospects look grim

As prospects of a trade deal between the United Kingdom and the European Union collapse, there is growing doubt in a post-Brexit pact involving Canada being completed by the end of the year. The U.K. left the EU on Jan. 31 and is nearing the end of an 11-month implementation period where essentially agreements remain […] Read more

Australia’s recent troubles with China appeared to begin with a call for an investigation into the COVID-19 pandemic’s origins, but those inside the Australian government says worries have been building for some time over what’s perceived to be China’s threat to Australia’s democracy and national sovereignty.  | Reuters/Jason Lee photo

How to stand up to a superpower

Canada is not alone as it feels China’s wrath, but Australia is facing down the Asian giant in a high-stakes strategy

CANBERRA, Australia (Reuters) — Australia is standing up to China. Watch closely: it may be a harbinger of things to come, as the world’s smaller countries respond to the increasingly coercive Asian economic superpower. For years, the Australian political and business establishment had a paramount goal: protect and expand this country’s booming exports to fast-growing […] Read more


Mahim Sharma, head of shipping and logistics at Glencore Agriculture India, said all of the major grain companies are quickly embracing digital trading platforms in the wake of COVID-19.
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Recent digital transaction hints at future of ag trade

One positive development to come out of the COVID-19 disaster is the long overdue digitization of agricultural trade, say a number of people involved in the supply chain. Cargill and Agrocorp recently announced that they used a blockchain platform to complete a US$12 million wheat shipment from North America to Indonesia. The companies issued a […] Read more

In a statement issued through the World Trade Organization, 23 countries said national measures to protect the health of their citizens should not impede the trade of food or agricultural commodities. | Twitter/@WTO photo

Trading nations reach COVID-19 agreement

Major agricultural nations, including China, the European Union, Brazil, the United States and Canada, agreed April 22 to maintain open and predictable agricultural trade during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement issued through the World Trade Organization, 23 countries said national measures to protect the health of their citizens should not impede the trade of […] Read more

In a joint statement, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Trade Representative listed a number of steps taken that should help boost U.S. exports of beef, poultry and other farm products to China, and said U.S. food and agricultural products exports were benefiting from Chinese tariff relief.|  REUTERS/Aly Song photo

USDA, USTR cite progress on farm provisions of U.S.-China trade deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and China have made progress in implementing the agriculture-related provisions of a Phase 1 trade deal that took effect on Feb. 14, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Trade Representative said on Tuesday. In a joint statement, they listed a number of steps taken that should help boost […] Read more


Delaying ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement at this stage may only have negative impact on relations with our trading partners, who reserve the right to move ahead on a bilateral deal if Canada takes too long to ratify.  |  File photo

We need to get a new NAFTA deal done

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