USGC outlines trade barriers in comments submitted to USTR

November 15, 2020 |

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Grains Council submitted comments to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative highlighting significant trade barriers facing exports of U.S. coarse grains, ethanol and co-products.

The Council has contributed comments on this topic to USTR for more than a decade, detailing constraints the organization works to address in its export market development activities and recommending complimentary U.S. government action.

“We believe that resolution of the broad range of trade barriers outlined in this report could bring about a correction in the coarse grain trade trends of the last decade, restore market access and allow U.S. producers and agribusinesses to effectively explore and capture new markets and business opportunities,” the Council wrote in the submitted comments. “The Council has worked cooperatively with USTR on a number of these issues. We look forward to continued collaboration.”

A report on trade barriers facing U.S. goods and services has been issued by USTR for at least the last 35 years, in part to fulfill a legal requirement of the president of the United States to report to the U.S. Congress on that topic annually. Contributions from organizations like the Council help USTR provide quantifiable impacts of trade barriers on U.S. exports and detail feasible actions that can be taken to eliminate those barriers.

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