Biden Administration discusses trade policy priorities with Ag CEO Council

President-elect Joe Biden and his team are already meeting with agricultural stakeholders to get their input for the next four years.

The nominated U.S. Trade Rep Katherine Tai met with the Ag CEO Council this week to discuss trade policy priorities.

The Biden-Harris team says that there is a shared commitment to pursuing a trade agenda in favor of farmers and workers, that supports the ag industry, job growth and the rural economy.

There is growing uncertainty about a trade deal between the United State and Taiwan.

Taiwan, which is just off the coast of China, is the seventh largest market for U.S. farm goods, but the U.S. Taiwan Business Council Chief says that the Biden administration is not interested in the agreement.

He is hoping for a resumption in the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement.

According to Rupert Hammond-Chambers, “The politics around pursuing a bilateral trade agreement are perhaps even more complex now than they were six months ago, and that’s in light of President Tsai’s willingness to unilaterally undertake changes to pork and beef, which have been implemented now.”

Taiwan’s President is allowing imports of pork treated with ractopamine. The action gained criticism and resulted in protests in the House of Parliament.


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