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

Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland speaks prior to the signing ceremony held today in Mexico City. The United States, Mexico, Canada Trade Agreement, or USMCA, would replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a regional pact in place since 1994. | Screencap via

Replacement for NAFTA agreement reached – again

WASHINGTON/MEXICO CITY, (Reuters) – Canada, Mexico and the United States have agreed to a fresh overhaul of their quarter-century-old regional trade pact after negotiators approved changes to a preliminary deal struck last year, and officials will sign the new agreement on Tuesday. The deal, which still needs the approval of lawmakers in all three countries, […] Read more

In an announcement that seemingly came out of nowhere, the Canadian Pork Council and Canadian Meat Council issued press releases early Tuesday afternoon, saying meat exports to China could resume. | File photo

Beef, pork exports to China to resume

UPDATED: November 5, 2019 1445 CST – After months of no sales, Canada can once again export pork and beef to China. This morning, just before lunch, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted that Canadian pork and beef sales to China could resume. The Canadian Pork Council and Canadian Meat Council congratulated Trudeau and the government […] Read more

Ryan Cardwell, who studies international trade policy, explained during a Keystone Agricultural Producers meeting held late October in Brandon how a WTO dispute between Canada and China could potentially play out. | Robert Arnason photo

Is a WTO win worth the hassle?

On Sept. 9, Canada took the first step of challenging China’s ban on canola seed imports by sending a formal letter to the World Trade Organization. The request for consultations with China may evolve in to a full-fledged case at the WTO. After a few years, Canada might win the case and have the right […] Read more

All party leaders and their candidates are asked to take the time to appreciate the important contribution that agri-food exports make to the Canadian economy.  |  File photo

An open letter to federal party leaders

Dear Party Leaders: As the voice of Canadian agri-food exporters, representing the 90 percent of farmers, producers, food processors and agri-food exporters who rely on global markets for their livelihoods, the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance is writing to express what’s needed for Canada’s agri-food exporters as we enter the homestretch of the 43rd election. As […] Read more

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump after signing a joint statement on trade during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City Sept. 25.  |  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst photo

Canada takes U.S.-Japan trade deal in stride

The recently signed agreement mirrors the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

Canadian agriculture officials do not feel threatened by a new tariff agreement signed between the United States and Japan. The new pact mirrors the agricultural tariff reduction commitments contained in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), of which Canada is a member, implemented on Dec. 30, 2018. Canadian and Australian wheat farmers […] Read more