U.S. Agricultural Negotiator Doug McKalip told the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association at the group’s CattleCon 24 that doing away with non-tariff trade barriers means that face-to-face talks need to happen with some of the U.S.’ biggest trading partners.
McKalip says the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is another area where non-scientific trade barriers have kept out U.S. products.
The U.S. was forced to seek a second trade dispute settlement panel over Canada’s dairy import quotas, after accusing Ottawa of failing to comply with an initial ruling in the U.S.’s favor.
McKalip says that there are other international markets that are prime targets for expansion.
On a recent trip to Africa, McKalip says over 30 countries expressed interest in buying U.S. agricultural products.
Next up for McKalip, addressing state department of agriculture leaders at their association’s annual winter policy conference.