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Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, shown here at a Nov. 1, 2018 press conference, considers the steel and aluminum tariffs the Trump administration imposed against Canada illegal.

USMCA frictions continue

Free Market Reflections with Steve Dittmer

After months of negotiation, it looked like maybe it would get easier. Yes, getting the USMCA through national legislatures would be difficult and the steel and aluminum tariffs and the retaliatory tariffs were still in place. But negotiations on steel and aluminum tariffs were ongoing and intense, we were told. Yet up until the night […] Read more

Interest in Canadian beef in European Union countries continues to grow and is an opportunity for Canadian producers to produce more EU beef.

CCA Report: Trade focus bears fruit for Canadian beef producers

From the January 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) focus on trade and market access priorities continued to bear fruit in 2018 and set the stage for a sustainable future for Canadian beef production. The events of 2018 created unprecedented opportunity for producers as we head into the new year. The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) […] Read more


North American trade deal signed

Trade: News Roundup from the January 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Officials from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on November 30 as officials gathered in Buenos Aires for the G20 summit. Leaders have agreed on a deal in principle but legislators in all three countries still must pass the USMCA before it replaces NAFTA. Negotiations have been marked by discord, […] Read more

Unfinished business

Free Market Reflections with Steve Dittmer

I had a discussion recently with a trade expert from the Canadian Consulate in Denver. The occasion was a celebration of the conclusion of the USMCA. Our discussion revolved around getting rid of the steel and aluminum tariffs the U.S. had put on Canadian and Mexican exports of those products. That is the key to […] Read more


The Canadian government’s focus on trade diversification is appreciated, but a number of competitiveness issues remain to be addressed.

CCA Report: Good news to close out the year

From the December 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

On December 30, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) will come into force among the first tranche of signatories to the agreement: Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Singapore. Canadian beef producers will benefit from the first tariff cut in 2018 during the holiday season, a development that is sure to […] Read more

Undeterred by tariffs, U.S. beef exports were up nine per cent from a year ago seen January through August.

Tariffs remain irritant

Prime Cuts with Steve Kay

One word — relief — summed up the completion of a new trade pact to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. Agricultural leaders in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico all breathed deep sighs of relief after the three countries signed the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. That’s because the new pact leaves intact all the elements […] Read more


CCA Report: Legislative update

From the November 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Canada’s participation in the USMCA agreement and continued progression of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) towards ratification have helped to alleviate a sense of unease for many producers at a crucial time in the beef cycle. The 2018 fall run got underway with assurances of uninterrupted access for Canadian beef and […] Read more

U.S. cattle hides take a tariff hit

Prime Cuts with Steve Kay

The U.S. beef industry, like other sectors of U.S. agriculture, faces considerable losses because of the tariff wars between the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the European Union. The losses are not as severe as those seen in hog, corn and soybean production. But the tariffs imposed on U.S. beef products exported to China and Canada […] Read more


CCA Report: USMCA is good news

From the October 22, 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) congratulates Prime Minister JustinTrudeau and Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland on reaching an agreement that preserves and secures the duty-free access upon which the Canadian beef cattle sector has built over the past 25 years. This is particularly important as we enter the time of year when the majority of beef […] Read more

CPTPP trade agreement ratified

Canada will be among the original six and will gain some benefit from moving early

The last domestic legislative hurdle to enacting the CPTPP trade deal with Pacific rim countries has been cleared. The deal was approved by senate and received Royal Assent the afternoon of Oct. 25. The moves makes Canada one of the first countries to ratify the 11 nation deal which comes into effect once the first […] Read more