NAFTA OBJECTIVES A RELIEF FOR BORDER TRADE

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer this week announced the objectives and timetable for the renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Both announcements provide a welcome relief after the roller coaster since Donald Trump was elected US president in November. Contrary to Trump’s campaign threats, his administration will not…

STEEL REBAR FROM MEXICO TO PAY DUMPING DUTIES

President Barack Obama’s administration on Monday sided with American steel producers in a politically charged international trade dispute, ruling that imported steel reinforcing bar from Mexico and Turkey unfairly undercuts U.S. prices. The preliminary decision by the U.S. Department of Commerce means companies in Mexico…

REVERSE C-TPAT

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection soon may issue a proposed rule on a new cargo security program for exports that could create headaches for agricultural exporters. Begun in late 2001, the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism was initially implemented in response to a Congressional…

ANOTHER TRADE WAR IN THE HORIZON

MEXICO CITY | Fri Jun 7, 2013 9:59pm EDT   (Reuters) – Mexico’s Economy Ministry said on Friday it was considering suspending preferential trade tariffs with the United States for a variety of products in a simmering dispute over meat labeling.   The disagreement stems from a 2009 U.S. requirement…

TOMATO AGREEMENT WITH MEXICO SIGNED

03/05/2013 9:27:59 AM Tom Karst/The Packer   A new suspension agreement has been signed by Mexican tomato growers and the U.S. Department of Commerce. The deal, announced in a press release March 4 from the Commerce Department, suspends the antidumping duty investigation of fresh tomatoes…

U.S. AND MEXICO TOMATO GROWERS REACH AGREEMENT

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON, Feb 2 (Reuters) – The U.S. government and Mexican tomato growers reached a tentative agreement on Saturday that reduces the threat of a costly trade war stemming from a U.S. decision last year to pull out of a 1996 bilateral tomato…

Mexico-U.S. Near Agreement on Bilateral Tomato Trade Pact

By Adriana Barrera | Reuters MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico and the United States expect to reach agreement on a new bilateral tomato trade pact by the end of the month, Mexico’s economy minister said on Tuesday. In September, the United States responded to pressure…

OBAMA POLITICS WITH TOMATOES COULD START TRADE WAR WITH MEXICO

FROM THE PRODUCE NEWS by Joan Murphy | October 01, 2012 A final decision by the U.S. Department of Commerce to terminate the suspension agreement for Mexican tomatoes will reopen a dispute between the trading partners, result in a loss of jobs on both sides…

PRESIDENT PROPOSES CONSOLIDATING VARIOUS TRADE DEPARTMENTS

Monday, January 16, 2012         President Proposes to Consolidate Six Federal Trade Agencies President Obama announced Jan. 13 a proposal to consolidate six federal trade agencies into one department whose function will be to “promote competitiveness, exports and American business.” The agencies…