Canadians duty-free limit increases to $150 following USMCA deal

Cows on the Kramer dairy farm are milked on Monday

Dairy analyst Mussell said dairy producers feel they have become the "fall guy" in a string of trade deals including TPP and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which further opened up Canada's cheese market to European firms.

The new deal-the United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement-replaces the Clinton-era NAFTA. Canada and Mexico are our two largest export markets.

The U.S. and Canada reached an agreement on a new trade deal late Sunday after months of often testy back-and-forth between President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Every time there is a trade deal, "we've lost", Groenendijk said.

Unifor National President Jerry Dias said that the new trade deal achieves many key objectives relating to the auto sector. "Beijing should be very concerned".

Also notable during a half-hour discussion about the agreement Lighthizer held with a group of reporters: He was complimentary of the Obama administration's Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact with Asian countries from which Trump withdrew. The United States ranks No. 2 in the world behind China in manufacturing output.

In a major propaganda push last week, Chinese President Xi Jinping called on his country to be unified and prepared to grow its own food and develop its own technologies in the face of growing isolation.

Beijing has been locked in its own escalating trade war with the U.S. throughout 2018. The new USMCA has come into existence after a year of negotiations.

"It will strengthen the middle class, and create good, well-paying jobs and new opportunities for the almost half billion people who call North America home", the two countries' joint statement said.

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Economists, trade attorneys and businesses are still parsing the agreement.

But, beyond dairy, Canada also got stiffed by acquiescing to Trump's refusal to lift the tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.

"You can bet the ask is going to be significant here", said Martha Hall Findlay, chief executive officer of the Canada West Foundation in Calgary.

"If I tell you that you are going to lose some of your business, you do not want to wait five years to find out what you are going to have as compensation to be able to manage your finances and knowing where you are investing", Bachand said. "But the angst over it is unwarranted". "Why did the Liberal (Party) give the go-ahead for the U.S.to pull us into their trade wars?"

Jerry Bos and his wife Kaitlyn are first generation dairy farmers. For example, this provision would readily apply to China which has a lot of subsidies, state-owned businesses, and regulations created to tilt trade in its favor. A Chinese delegation was expected in Washington last week, but the visit was canceled after Trump announced tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, infuriating Chinese leaders. Previously 40 percent of a vehicle could be made in China or other places with few labor or environmental standards and still considered to be "North American" and imported cheaply into the USA.

"Today we have kept that promise", Trump said.

Canada had opposed USA demands to weaken or eliminate NAFTA'S dispute resolution mechanism, whose arbitration panels Ottawa used to resolve trade conflicts, and to defend against United States anti-dumping and countervailing duties, notably against its important lumber industry. Even Europe is crawling its way out of the doghouse.

The United States and China, Guajardo added, "are locked in an entirely different conflict, something that won't be short term".

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