Ambassador Tai discusses IPEF trade progress

The U.S. Trade Representative says the 14 partner countries of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework are making progress on trade negotiations.

Ambassador Katherine Tai tells Brownfield tariff barriers are not part of the discussion. “We’re working with our partners in the Asian region to make sure that the regulations and the processes and the procedures that apply to our agricultural trade can be more transparent and more predictable.”

She says there’s a big emphasis on sustainable agriculture practices. “To make sure that as more and more of a focus worldwide is on sustainable agriculture that we and our partners approach regulating trade in sustainably produced agricultural products in a way where we know that it’s not one-size-fits-all.”

Ambassador Tai is in San Francisco, California this week holding bilateral meetings with partner countries on trade, the supply chain, clean energy, and a fair economy.

The 14 IPEF partners represent 40 percent of global GDP and 28 percent of global goods and service trade.

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