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U.K. aims to join Trans-Pacific Partnership

London | Reuters –– The United Kingdom announced on Wednesday it would pursue accession to a revamped version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. “Today we’re announcing our intent to pursue accession to CPTPP, one of the world’s largest free trading areas,” Trade Secretary Liz Truss said. The British government said joining CPTPP would help the U.K.

As the White House openly panders to its rural voters, China, wall or no wall, continues to play the long game.

Comment: U.S. trade policy hits the Great Wall

China plays the long game; United States keeps getting played

Several years ago, when Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Tom Friedman was asked to choose which rising Asian nation, China or India, he’d bet the farm on, Friedman didn’t hesitate to pick India. The reason, he explained, was that while both nations were on an expressway to the future, India, the world’s largest democracy, had an open



Japan set to grant TPP-level access for U.S. beef, pork

Tokyo | Reuters — The United States and Japan have reached the broad framework of a trade agreement, Japan’s Nikkei business daily said on Saturday, with Tokyo making concessions on its agriculture but none immediately apparent from Washington on automobiles. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi reached the deal in Washington

How does Canada protect its trading relationships when the rules of trade have been thrown out the window?

Comment: Protecting trade in a protectionist era

Canada needs to respond to trade barriers by using dispute settlement mechanisms

The world has become protectionist. There is, justifiably, much focus on issues with China. But it is not just China. Canadian agriculture commodities are blocked in India, Italy, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam and face issues in key markets like Peru. Countries are turning inward, finding new ways to block trade. How do we protect our


Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told the Canadian Crops Convention March 6 in Montreal that while the world is the most protectionist since the 1930s there are still trade export opportunities for Canadian farmers.

Export opportunities in a protectionist world

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada’s strategy is to build alliances with like-minded countries that support rules-based free trade

This is probably the most protectionist time since the Great Depression of the 1930s. However, there are still opportunities for Canadian farmers to expand exports, says Canadian Foreigns Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland. There are emerging markets in Africa and Asia where millions climbing out of poverty are willing to spend more on food, Freeland told

Canadian dairies get significant control over imports under TPP

Toronto | Reuters — Canada will give local dairy processors significant control over imports under a new trade deal with Pacific countries that opens the sheltered industry to further competition, according to a notice published by the federal government, which drew criticism from Canadian retailers. New quotas created by the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for

Most Canadian farmers praise quick passage of CPTPP law

New opportunities and a levelled playing field with other agriculture exporters are lauded

Canada’s grain farmers and other export-oriented producers have issued statements praising the Canadian government for quickly passing legislation ratifying the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) paving the way for Canadian farmers to see increased export volumes that could result in higher farm revenues as early as next spring. Alberta Wheat and Barley


The Senate dealt with the bill within a week of receiving it from the Commons, but cautioned government that legislators shouldn’t be taken for granted in the process of approving new laws.

Canada signs on to CPTPP

Senators chastised the government for taking them for granted on time-sensitive trade bills

Ottawa – Grain and livestock groups seeking greater market access in Asia are among the loudest voices welcoming the ratification of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership. Senate gave final approval to the deal Oct.25, and the bill received Royal Assent shortly afterwards. All that remains is notifying the CPTT administration in Auckland, New Zealand,

In this new world of trade uncertainty, Canada’s supply management system will have to change, and on our terms.

Opinion: How the USMCA democratized supply management

We’re 20 years behind the rest of the world’s industrialized countries and need to have a national conversation

Nobody should be surprised. Concessions on dairy access during the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) negotiations were foreseeable. Americans went from wanting to “tweak” the deal last year to getting significant concessions from Canada. It is a deal we needed of course, but one must wonder how our supply management system will fare moving forward. And specifically, how our