U.S. throws down CUSMA challenge on Canada’s dairy import limits

Filing challenges Canadian tariff rate quota reserved for processors

Reading Time: 2 minutes Five months and counting since the Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement came into force, the U.S. government has launched a CUSMA challenge of how Canada applies tariff exemptions on dairy imports. U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer said Wednesday he has served Canadian Trade Minister Mary Ng with written notice that the U.S. is “exercising its rights to […] Read more

Tighter timeline set for dairy farmers’ trade pact compensation

Feather sector compensation pledged with $691 million in programs

Reading Time: 3 minutes Compensation to Canada’s supply-managed farmers, to offset domestic market share dealt away in two recent free trade pacts, will now move more quickly to dairy farmers — and will take the form of new programs for feather sectors. Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau on Saturday announced $1.405 billion in compensation, as pledged in August last […] Read more

During a Sept. 25 virtual appearance at Politico’s Agriculture and Food Summit, Marie-Claude Bibeau, Canada’s agriculture minister, said she would like Canada to benefit from CETA “which is not the case yet.”

Industry, government play role in fixing CETA: Bibeau

Ag minister reminds European buyers about high quality Canadian food

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau says industry and government have a shared responsibility to fix a trade deal that hasn’t brought strong results for Canadian producers. Expected to generate $1.5 billion in new agri-food exports, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union has fallen short […] Read more

Dairy farmers press feds on compensation promises, again

Reading Time: 3 minutes Canada’s dairy farmers are again calling on the federal government to make good on its promise to compensate producers, after giving up market share of the supply-managed industry to more foreign competitors through trade pacts. The Liberal government, most recently in its Sept. 23 speech from the throne, has told Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) […] Read more

The past decade has seen Canadian dairy production increase nearly two per cent each year.

Can Canadian dairy outgrow trade deal effects?

At current rates of growth, yes, but it could take six years

Reading Time: 3 minutes Dairy farmers will continue to watch the effects of three trade deals roll out over the next six or more years and the future growth of the sector will depend on whether or not the sector continues its past growth pattern. The most recent is the Canada-U.S. Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) that replaced the NAFTA deal. […] Read more


New finance minister Freeland no longer to spearhead U.S. relations

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ottawa | Reuters — Chrystia Freeland will no longer be in charge of spearheading diplomatic relations with the United States now that she is Canada’s new finance minister, three government sources told Reuters Wednesday. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had made Freeland his main U.S. go-between when he named her deputy prime minister after last year’s […] Read more

File photo of a pedestrian crossing in front of the World Trade Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland in 2019.

Opinion: Canada’s work to reform WTO is good sign

The world trade order is wonky and floundering and needs leadership

Reading Time: 2 minutes Canada’s efforts to reform the World Trade Organization are commendable. It is apparent more countries are deciding to turn inward rather than focusing on multilateral trade relationships. The United States, India, Italy and others have all taken actions domestically that have negatively impacted the ability of Canadian farmers to enter those markets. Canadian Agri-Food Trade […] Read more

CUSMA pact takes effect under cloud of disputes, COVID-19

Deal appears to assure continuity of trade for agriculture

Reading Time: 3 minutes Washington/Mexico City/Ottawa | Reuters — A modernized U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade pact took effect on Wednesday, ensuring continuity for manufacturers and agriculture, but the threat of disputes is exposing cracks in what was meant to be a stronger North American fortress of competitiveness. As the deal kicks in, the Trump administration is threatening Canada with new aluminum […] Read more


New declaration requirements coming up for grain deliveries

Regulatory changes also allow Canadian grades for U.S.-grown grain

Reading Time: 3 minutes Changes are afoot as early as next week for growers from all across Canada — and from the United States — who deliver grain to licensed Canadian buyers, as revised trade rules take effect between the two countries. With the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), the successor trade deal to NAFTA, taking effect, new regulations addressing […] Read more

Opinion: Federal government knew impact of CUSMA timing on dairy

Reading Time: 3 minutes The federal government is willing to let Canadian dairy producers lose out on millions of dollars as a result of the new trade deal with the United States and Mexico. When MPs in Ottawa listened to testimony from agricultural leaders on the passage of the Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) in February, the bulk of concerns were […] Read more