• U.S.-EU Trade Rapprochement – Anything There for Rice?

    Jul 30, 2018
    Increasingly tense trade talk from both sides of the Atlantic took a sharp turn last week following a meeting here between President Donald Trump and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Junker. The two issued a joint statement following their July 25 meeting agreeing, among other things, “…to work together toward zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, and zero subsidies on non-auto industrial goods.” The agreement put a halt for now to an escalation of retaliatory tariffs from both sides stemming from U.S. import duties on steel and aluminum, and threatened duties on car imports.
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  • U.S. Rice Industry Says Trump Administration’s Trade War Mitigation Program Misses the Mark

    Jul 26, 2018
    While some in agriculture are praising the Trump Administration for its attempt to mitigate damage done as a result of the Administration’s trade wars, the U.S. rice industry sees the short-term approach as inadequate and is more interested in long-term structural changes that would put U.S. rice on a level playing field globally.
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  • U.S.-UK Trade Deal Could Emerge Post Brexit

    Jul 16, 2018
    President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May announced on July 13 that the United States and the United Kingdom plan to enter into a free trade agreement following the UK’s departure from the European Union March 2019.
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  • The Trump Effect on Trade

    Jul 13, 2018
    The last several months in international trade have been unpredictable and often contentious as many of the U.S.’s largest trading partners react to the Trump Administration’s recent tariffs. As the U.S. exports 50 percent of its rice crop each year, any disruption in trade has a major impact on the profitability and viability of farmers, millers, merchants, and others in the U.S. rice industry.
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  • Rice: A Matter of National Security in Panama

    Jun 11, 2018
    Rice trade with Panama has been on a roller coaster ride since the beginning of this year as the country’s political agenda is spilling over into the marketplace.
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  • U.S. and Taiwan Work Toward Consistent Grading Standards

    Jun 07, 2018
    Representatives from the U.S. and Taiwan rice industries met for two days last month to discuss a range of technical issues influencing rice trade. The major concern on the table at this year’s meeting was the issue of grading standards.
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  • USDA to Step Up Enforcement of Export Sales Reporting

    Jun 06, 2018
    In response to a long term discrepancy between Bureau of the Census export figures and the Export Sales Reporting Program (ESR), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has vowed to step up enforcement of reporting of export sales.
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  • Trump Lets Steel and Aluminum Tariff Exemptions for Allies Expire; EU Retaliation Names Rice

    Jun 01, 2018
    At midnight last night, the temporary exemptions on steel and aluminum tariffs granted to Canada, Mexico, and the European Union expired, leveling tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum imported from these trading partners.
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  • NAFTA Negotiations to Continue Past Congressional Deadline

    May 17, 2018
    Today is an important date for those who want a “NAFTA 2.0” or a modernized North American Free Trade Agreement. May 17 is the date that House Speaker Paul Ryan has said is the deadline for the President to inform Congress of his intent to sign a new NAFTA in order for the current Congress to consider and vote on the new agreement. As of publication of today’s Daily, the President has not notified Congress
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  • U.S. Calls Out India for Rice, Wheat Subsidies

    May 10, 2018
    Last week, in an action long called for by USA Rice, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has asked the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Committee on Agriculture to examine India’s market price supports for rice and wheat producers. Detailed analysis of India’s programs submitted by the U.S. government show rice supports are nearly eight times the level, as a percentage of the value of production, allowed under WTO rules.
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