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Wisconsin farmers weigh in on NAFTA replacement

Wisconsin farmers weigh in on NAFTA replacement Wisconsin farmers weigh in on NAFTA replacement
Melinda Barton | 04 October, 2018, 19:27

The new deal changes Canada's dairy classes - notably, it eliminates Class 7, a controversial class that was created in March 2017 in response to the United States' domestic Class 4.

We could find out very quickly how truly committed the United States is to share the power in the name of the North American alliance that the USMCA envisions.

The Dairy Farmers of Canada denounced the U.S. -Mexico-Canada agreement, warning that the concessions, which give U.S. farmers an additional 3.59 percent slice of the Canadian dairy market, "will have a dramatic impact not only for dairy farmers but for the whole sector". "We are waiting for and explanation as to how this is considered support to us".

The agreement is still awaiting ratification in all three countries, but for consumers in B.C. we'll soon see some changes to where we can buy USA wine, in USA dairy-product selection and duty-free limits. "It gives Canada some long-term stability and will help keep our industries strong", he said.

He said market access - Canada's supply management system rigidly controls foreign exports to the Canadian market - has suffered significant hits in a series of recent trade deals. "They were able to accomplish this in one agreement". That dairy portion was a big sticking point in negotiating with Canada about their complex dairy tariff system, and the changes are drawing praise from Ohio's dairy industry. Under the new USMCA, US dairy producers will have access to 3.59% of Canada's domestic milk market.

In differing years the dairy industry had a protein surplus stored in warehouses of 80- 90 tons.

Morneau says, however, the extension may encourage companies to develop new drugs to make a profit from for a longer period of time. USA drug companies can fend off generic competition for a few more years. "Though details were still being finalized for release, it appears that American farmers will secure greater access to Canadian dairy markets..." But it's an odd turn for the United States, which bristled for years over ceding sovereignty under the previous North American free-trade agreement, most notably through the Chapter 19 dispute-settlement panels.

The deal is still not official as all three countries will still need to ratify the accord, which could pass as soon as November in the United States.

The terms reached between the USA and Mexico on higher wage thresholds will also be positive for Canadian producers, said Unifor president Jerry Dias, who welcomed the deal. "It's a slap in the face to Canadian producers who work very hard at managing supply". "And it's an agreement that will be profoundly beneficial for our economy, for Canadian families, and for the middle class", Trudeau said.

Jerry Dias, head of Canada's largest union representing auto workers, said he was "absolutely thrilled" that a deal was reached keeping the door open for the nation's top export.

"Manitoba deeply values its trading relationships", Pallister said in a statement on Monday.

"While it's possible to conclude that the deal consists largely of tweaks to the old agreement, we believe reduced uncertainty about the U.S". "It's a big win for the US and well, for Canada, it's a loss".

Negotiators worked frantically ahead of a USA imposed midnight deadline to settle differences, with both sides making concessions to seal the deal. It would exclude from the proposed tariffs 2.6 million passenger vehicles from both Canada and Mexico.

Previously, Canadians buying online from the USA could only purchase up to $20-Cdn. worth before having to pay import duty.