Canadian Dairy Farmers Aren't Happy With U.S. Trade Deal. Here's Why


Speaking at the White House, the President said the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) vindicated his threats over tariffs.

Canada and the USA have agreed a basis for the revised North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), reaching a compromise in late-night talks on Sunday after months of stand-off.

Canada wanted the drop the tariff - along with a 10 percent import tax on another construction-relate material, aluminum - as part of the new deal.

"While the administration's proposal improves some elements of the existing NAFTA, such as strengthened IP rights, increased market access for US dairy processors, and a new chapter on digital trade, other provisions diminish NAFTA's economic benefits and create needless uncertainty.

An integrated North American market, which this new USMCA continues, is critical to Washington state businesses, farmers, ranchers and workers", WCIT President Lori Otto Punke said in a statement. Fortunately, many programs funded by the farm bill, including crop insurance, still have secure funding until the end of this year.

The new trade deal must still be approved by Congress before it can take affect.

"The agricultural community is counting on our elected leaders to ensure that a safety net remains in place during these uncertain times". He's in favor of higher wages and said, "Good for them", Mr. Kudlow said on TV, in reference to the pay hike announced Tuesday by the Seattle company.

"That's dealing with China, dealing with European Union, with everybody, Japan, Mexico, Canada, everybody", he said.

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Negotiators worked frantically ahead of a USA imposed midnight deadline to settle differences, with both sides making concessions to seal the deal. It limited imports of those dairy products from the US and drew criticism from President Donald Trump, who claimed it was "unfair". This new trade deal requires more of the cars we drive be made in North America.

Despite Trump's attacks and the acrimony between the top trade negotiators, the two sides were able to reach a trade deal on Sunday.

Canada has agreed to provide United States dairy farmers access to about 3.5 per cent of its approximately $16 billion annual domestic dairy market.

"We're very unhappy with the negotiations and the negotiating style of Canada", Trump said.

Trump and Trudeau are expected to sign the agreement in the next 60 days. The US will also benefit from duty-free exports of particular types of cheese to Mexico.

For Trump, the USMCA is only the start of what he says is a global pushback against countries taking advantage of the United States economy.

President Trump has long threatened to pull the United States from NAFTA.