There have been very recent reports that food exporters are being asked by China to guarantee that their products are not contaminated with the novel coronavirus. This has since been confirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) office.
USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service is accepting applications from eligible organizations for fiscal year 2021 funding for five export market development programs. The application deadline for the five programs is June 26, 2020.
On Friday, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer notified Congress that Canada and Mexico have completed their domestic procedures to implement the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which will enter into force on July 1, 2020.
WG joined 80 agriculture groups in sending a letter to National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue asking them to encourage the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to adopt a rule curtailing unfair detention and demurrage penalties by ocean carriers and terminal operators.