China has proposed buying additional U.S. services and goods, including soybeans and energy products, people familiar with the talks have said. | File photo

How U.S.-China talks differ from any other trade deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The trade deal that U.S. negotiators are seeking with China may have more in common with a sanctions-monitoring regime than a traditional trade pact. The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump is pushing China to agree to regular reviews of its compliance as a condition of any trade deal between the world’s […] Read more

How Canada benefits from the oil sanctions the United States plans to place on Venezuela is contingent on the country's ability to move its Western Canadian Select crude oil to U.S. refineries, said two oil industry experts. | File photo

Coming U.S. oil sanctions on Venezuela could benefit Canada

WINNIPEG – How Canada benefits from the oil sanctions the United States plans to place on Venezuela is contingent on the country’s ability to move its Western Canadian Select crude oil to U.S. refineries, said two oil industry experts. As part of an effort to effect regime change in Venezuela, U.S. President Donald Trump announced […] Read more

China had all the North American commodity markets on edge for the week ended Dec. 14. | File photo

China dispute overshadows markets

China was the theme of the week for the commodity markets. Whether it was the ongoing drama between the United States and China or the Huawei executive case in Canada, China had all the North American commodity markets on edge for the week ended Dec. 14. As had been the case since the G20 meeting […] Read more


Addressing the hearing U.S. Grains Council Director of Trade Policy Floyd Gaibler said,

Farm, food groups press U.S. officials to push for more EU access

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. farmer, rancher and food and beverage groups pressed the Trump administration on Friday to ensure that any new trade talks with the European Union boost their market access and decrease regulatory hurdles to that access. At a hearing on U.S. negotiating objectives for trade talks with the European Union, groups representing […] Read more

Canada has agreed in various trade agreements to allow the import of more dairy products from other countries.
 Some producers wonder what standards are applied to those products, given the high standards expected of Canadian dairy farms and processors.
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Dairy standards defended

CALGARY — Canada has agreed in various trade agreements to allow the import of more dairy products from other countries. Some producers wonder what standards are applied to those products, given the high standards expected of Canadian dairy farms and processors. Yves Leduc, trade and policy analyst with Dairy Farmers of Canada, said that question […] Read more


Yves Leduc, director of policy and trade for Dairy Farmers of Canada, said Canadian dairy producers expect an annual loss of about $190 million in milk sales as a result of the USMCA. Across the three trade agreements (CETA, CPTPP) he said the amount of milk displaced would roughly represent the milk production from 916 average Canadian dairy farms (85 cows each).
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Dairy braces for trade deal losses

CALGARY — Various Canadian agricultural commodity groups have praised results of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, noting it preserved an existing export relationship and limited the trade uncertainty generated by renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. And if the dairy industry had to allow access to 3.5 percent of its market, was that really […] Read more

Frederic Seppey, assistant deputy minister of agriculture for trade, says Canada seeks to strengthen the World Trade Organization and move aggressively to build new trade relationships.  |  Ed White photo

Canada, U.S. go in opposite trade directions

The United States is backing away from multilateral deals, while Canada continues to sign those kinds of agreements

We’re neighbours, but Canada and the United States are racing into different worlds when it comes to world trade. That became obvious from comments by leading American and Canadian trade policy experts at the Grain World conference Nov. 13. “I think there’s probably a greater chance that I will grow a full head of hair […] Read more

University of Lethbridge political science professor Chris Kukucha thinks that Freeland and Canada’s negotiators did reasonably well.
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USMCA receives good grade

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has been praised and pilloried for her negotiation of the new North American Free Trade Agreement, now dubbed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Which does she deserve? University of Lethbridge political science professor Chris Kukucha thinks that Freeland and Canada’s negotiators did reasonably well. “Ultimately what happened here is we get an […] Read more


The Americans’ recent bungling of trade files means their country is far behind Canada, which must make the most of these new-found opportunities.  |  File photo

U.S. trade mess is Canada’s chance to gain advantage

So, what now? With the U.S. midterm elections done, we have more certainty about who has the power and influence in Washington for the next two years. Unfortunately, that doesn’t provide a lot of certainty for trade. Will the U.S. approve NAFTA2? Will the U.S. attempt to get back into the new Trans-Pacific Partnership? Most […] Read more

There may be a simpler way to help Canada’s poultry and dairy farmers adjust to trade, says an economist from the University of California Davis: get rid of supply management and allow farmers to export chicken and dairy products to the world. | File photo

Has chicken industry lost out?

In late October the federal government created a couple of working groups with the goal of helping Canadian dairy and poultry farmers adjust to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. There may be a simpler way to help Canada’s poultry and dairy farmers adjust to trade, says an economist […] Read more