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CUSMA pact takes effect under cloud of disputes, COVID-19

Deal appears to assure continuity of trade for agriculture

Washington/Mexico City/Ottawa | Reuters — A modernized U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade pact took effect on Wednesday, ensuring continuity for manufacturers and agriculture, but the threat of disputes is exposing cracks in what was meant to be a stronger North American fortress of competitiveness. As the deal kicks in, the Trump administration is threatening Canada with new aluminum

Grain delivery declarations will look the same to farmers but they’re now a legal requirement by the Canadian Grain Commission.

Grain declarations same, but different

CUSMA compliance means the documents are no longer voluntary contracts between buyer and seller

On the surface the grain delivery declarations western farmers fill out before being allowed to deliver grain to elevators in the new crop year starting Aug. 1 won’t look much different than those of the past 15 years. However, there is a major change. While the declarations, which have been essentially commercial contracts between grain sellers and buyers, they are


New declaration requirements coming up for grain deliveries

Regulatory changes also allow Canadian grades for U.S.-grown grain

Changes are afoot as early as next week for growers from all across Canada — and from the United States — who deliver grain to licensed Canadian buyers, as revised trade rules take effect between the two countries. With the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), the successor trade deal to NAFTA, taking effect, new regulations addressing

President’s cattle call finds expected marks in U.S.

Trump suggests killing trade pacts with unnamed cattle-exporting nations

U.S. President Donald Trump’s remarks Tuesday about imports of live cattle into the United States resonated predictably among that country’s various cattle producer groups. At a White House event Tuesday, flanked by U.S. farm and ranch leaders and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for a multi-billion-dollar COVID-19-related farm aid announcement, Trump said he “read yesterday where

CUSMA pact to take effect July 1, USTR says

Washington | Reuters — U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Friday said he has notified Congress that the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement will take effect on July 1, a month later than initially proposed. In a statement, Lighthizer said both Mexico and Canada had taken measures necessary to comply with their commitments under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada


“This is not in the interests of Canadian farmers, thus contrary to the CGC mandate,” says the NFU.

CUSMA grain act changes stir controversy

The NFU says the amendments should be on hold until the public can weigh in on the grain act review

Changes are coming to the Canada Grain Act to comply with NAFTA 2.0 — and that’s sparking concern in some quarters. Stewart Wells, former National Farmers Union president and current second vice-president of the group, says the proposed legislation (Bill C-4) inserts unnecessary clauses, and is being rushed through just weeks before planned public consultations

Parliament hustles through CUSMA ratification

Implementing bill passes before Commons adjourns until April 20

Ottawa | Reuters — Canada’s Parliament rushed through ratification of the new Canada-U.S.-Mexico (CUSMA) trade pact on Friday before taking a three-week break to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, a top government official said. Canada was the last of the three signatories to formally adopt the pact, prompting congratulations from the United States

NFU sees red flags in CUSMA bill for grain growers

Bibeau urged to 'correct mistakes' in NAFTA 2.0-enabling legislation

The National Farmers Union is warning of sweeping changes to Canadian grain regulation it sees tucked into federal legislation meant to put through the successor deal to NAFTA. Bill C-4, the implementing legislation for the Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), passed second reading Feb. 6 and came back without amendment Feb. 27 from the Commons standing committee


Canada has yet to sign the new three-way trade agreement between itself, United States and Mexico.

Lawmakers urged to pass CUSMA quickly

The bulk of concerns were raised by the dairy sector which is losing market share

An overwhelming majority of witnesses testifying to the Agriculture and Agri-Food Committee in Ottawa are supporting the quick ratification of the “new NAFTA” trade deal, but the dairy industry continues to voice its opposition. Parliamentarians in Ottawa represent the last of the three countries involved in the Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) to ratify the deal, with the law

Trump signs CUSMA pact

Canada's ratification still to come

Washington | Reuters — President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed a new North American trade agreement during an outdoor ceremony at the White House attended by about 400 guests — but not the key Democrats who helped secure congressional passage of the deal. Trump, on trial in the U.S. Senate on charges of abusing power