Trump attacks Canada's supply management for dairy as unfair to US

Henrietta Brewer
April 19, 2017

"In Canada, some very unfair things have happened with our dairy farms", Trump said during a speech at the headquarters of Wisconsin-based tool manufacturer, Snap-on.

The U.S. dairy sector and state agriculture officials urged President Trump to take immediate action against Canada's repeated and escalating disregard for its trade obligations under NAFTA.

"When we allow Canadian products in duty free but, they find a loophole for American milk, that's not fair".

Friction between NY and Canada - the state's largest worldwide trade partner - created by "protectionist" milk policies north of the border isn't cooling down. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has blamed the Senate for delaying the confirmation of Trump's USA trade representative. "It's another typical one-sided deal against the United States and it's not going to be happening for long", he said.

ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) - U.S dairy farmers already struggling with low milk prices worry President Donald Trump's talk of renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement could harm trade to Mexico, its biggest export market. -Canada trade relations. While Trump, who was elected with the help of strong rural support, had tempered some his rhetoric on trade in recent weeks, on Tuesday he called Nafta a "complete and total disaster" for the U.S.

For his part, Finance Minister Bill Morneau will tell this week's meeting of G20 finance ministers in Washington that Trump's executive order runs contrary to Canada's trading interests. U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer visited Cayuga Milk Ingredients in Aurelius to speak out against the trade barriers.

The current system limits the amount of dairy and poultry Canada can import before a tariff kicks in.

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