NPPC weighs-in with Congress on Japan/TPP

The National Pork Producers Council has weighed in on Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations with congressional committee members. The NPPC has submitted written testimony to the Senate Finance subcommittee on International Trade, Customs and Global Competitiveness saying Japan should open trade to U.S. pork as South Korea did in spite of farmers’ objections in both those… Read more »

Colombia/U.S. FTA’s first anniversary

The US Embassy of Colombia in Washington says the US./Colombian Free Trade Agreement has generated 28-and-a-half Billion in trade for both countries in its first year, benefitting ag trade both ways. The embassy reports that US ag exports to Colombia increased 68 percent – the main products being soybeans, soybean meal, rice and pork. Colombian… Read more »

Ag groups welcome U.S.-EU trade talks

A coalition of U.S. food and agricultural organizations led by the National Pork Producers Council is praising the Obama administration for launching negotiations with the European Union (EU) on a transatlantic free trade agreement (FTA)—and for its insistence that the agreement be comprehensive and ambitious. In a letter signed by 64 organizations sent Monday to… Read more »

FTA boosts Colombian flower sales to U.S.

Valentine’s Day is the biggest market for the flower industry of Colombia and according to the Colombian embassy sales have grown because of the implementation of the U.S./Colombia Free Trade Agreement. The South American country exports 500 million flowers to the U.S. each year and Colombian flower exports make up 76 percent of all flowers… Read more »

USGC works with Colombia on FTA details

The U.S. Grains Council says it has a team working with Colombian officials ahead of the implementation of the U.S./Columbia Free Trade Agreement which goes into effect May 15th. Kurt Shultz, USGC Regional Director for Latin America, says there are still some details that need to be ironed out. While they’re pleased the Colombian government… Read more »

US/Colombia FTA to go into effect May 15th

The United States and Colombia have picked a date next month to put their Free Trade Agreement into effect. On Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 more than 80 percent of U.S. exports of consumer and industrial products – including agricultural equipment – will become duty free. More than half of U.S. exports of agricultural commodities to… Read more »

Korea FTA will bring duty reductions on beef, pork

March 15th was recently announced as the implementation date for the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement. U.S. Meat Export Federation economist Erin Borror says the agreement will bring significant duty reductions on U.S. beef and pork. Borror says South Korea’s 40 percent duty on U.S. beef will be phased out over 15 years, declining by 2.7… Read more »

Illinois corn farmers to visit Colombia

A delegation of Illinois corn farmers, representing the Illinois Corn Growers Association and the Illinois Corn Marketing Board will visit Colombia this month to learn more about the market opportunities in that country following passage of the Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA). While in Colombia, the Illinois delegation will meet with potential buyers, as well… Read more »

South Korea ratifies FTA with U.S.

South Korea’s Parliament has ratified the free trade agreement (FTA) with the U.S. With final ratification complete in both countries, the FTA is expected to go into effect on January 1st, 2012. The approval came despite strong opposition from most South Korean farm groups.  The South Korean government has promised to help its farmers deal… Read more »

Korea/US FTA stalls in Korean Assembly

Disagreement among Korean lawmakers about the free trade agreement with the U.S. has stalled movement of the deal in the South Korean National Assembly. While the US approved the FTA in mid-October with President Obama signing it October 21st – the Korean Assembly failed to approve the treaty last Friday (October 28th, 2011).  According to… Read more »