Oct. 27, 2017 – -The National Trade Estimate (NTE) report has been published by the United States Trade Representative (USTR) annually for 32 years. The report is a companion piece to the President’s Trade Policy Agenda and outlines the most important foreign barriers affecting U.S. exports, and helps facilitate U.S. negotiations aimed at reducing or eliminating these barriers. You can view a copy of the 2017 report by clicking here.

The Almond Alliance recently had the opportunity to comment on the National Trade Estimate report. The comments focused on three key regions: China, The European Union, and South Korea. All regional comments focused on unwarranted sanitary and phytosanitary measures. The Alliance noted China’s implemented of the new Food Safety Law and the expansion of new Maximum Residue Levels (MRL’s). Comments for the European Union explained the challenges the almond industry is facing with “Cut-off Criteria”/Endocrine Disruptors. Finally, The Alliance explained how South Korea’s new positive list for MRL’s could potentially cause major trade disruptions. The three listed regions are major exporting regions for almonds. Any unwarranted sanitary and phytosanitary policy changes could potentially cause major trade disruptions.