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



The United Arab Emirates, Bangladesh and India are priority markets for Saskatchewan and the trade mission goal is to expand and strengthen trade, research and investment ties while increasing understanding of needs in these markets. | Photo via Twitter/@SKAgriculture

Sask. trade mission promotes ag exports

Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister David Marit is on a trade mission to Southeast Asia and the Middle East to promote the province’s products. The Feb. 6-14 trip includes a stop at the Pulses Conclave, where he will deliver a keynote address. The United Arab Emirates, Bangladesh and India are priority markets for Saskatchewan and the trade […] Read more

The virus has cast further doubt on China's ability to buy $36.5 billion of U.S. agricultural goods in 2020. | File photo

U.S. ag secretary unsure if coronavirus will slow China’s farm imports

CHICAGO, (Reuters) – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said on Wednesday he does not know whether China’s coronavirus outbreak will upset Beijing’s pledge to radically increase purchases of American farm goods as part of the countries’ recent trade deal. The virus has cast further doubt on China’s ability to buy $36.5 billion of U.S. agricultural […] Read more

Neither side has released many specific details of the agreement, which the United States says is 86 pages. | REUTERS/Aly Song photo

What is actually in the U.S.-China ‘Phase One’ trade deal?

(Reuters) – The United States and China have agreed on the terms of a “Phase One” trade deal that reduces some U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods and is said to boost Chinese purchases of American farm, energy and manufactured goods while addressing some disputes over intellectual property. Neither side has released many specific details of […] Read more


The USMCA is critical for American farmers because Canada and Mexico are huge markets for a number of U.S. agricultural products, including corn, pork and beef. | File photo

USMCA trade deal moves closer to ratification

The United States may approve the new North American free trade deal in seven to 10 days. In a busy morning for international trade, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrats announced their support for the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) today. They didn’t commit to a date, but Pelosi said they would try to ratify […] Read more

If the panel doesn't have three judges to rule on cases, the appeal process grinds to a halt and the WTO cannot enforce the rules of trade. | File photo

WTO’s appeals system loses its judges

The World Trade Organization has lost some of its clout. The Appellate Body at the WTO, a key part of the dispute settlement process at the trade organization, basically ceased to exist today. That could have a massive impact on smaller countries, like Canada, who rely upon the WTO to enforce the rules of global […] Read more