What barriers are standing in the way of U.S. ag exports?

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United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai released the 2023 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers. It is a comprehensive review of foreign barriers to U.S. exports, U.S. foreign direct investment, and U.S. electronic commerce in key export markets.

The report detailed industrial, digital, and labor issues affecting trade and U.S. exports.
Some other key areas show China’s food production facility registrations and labeling are “opaque and burdensome.”

The report also criticized Indonesia’s facility registration requirements for dairy, beef, and rendered foods.

Ambassador Tai also criticized the European Union’s restrictions on crop protection policies, which she said are not science-based, and Mexico’s policies on agricultural biotechnology and its ban on genetically modified corn.

“USTR is implementing President Biden’s worker-centered trade agenda to grow the economy from the bottom up and the middle out and deliver sustainable, inclusive prosperity for all,” said Ambassador Tai. “The 2023 NTE Report identifies a range of important challenges and priorities to guide the Biden Administration’s effort to craft trade policy that reflects our country’s values and builds a better America.”

The USTR office will release a special report on intellectual property rights under Section 301 at the end of this month.

You can read the full report here.

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