USTR Releases a Report on Foreign Trade Barriers

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai released the 2024 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers. It provides a comprehensive review of the significant foreign barriers to U.S. exports of goods and services, U.S. foreign direct investments, and U.S. electronic commerce in key export markets for America.

The NTE Report highlights cross-cutting barriers affecting U.S. agricultural trade, including opaque and burdensome facility registration requirements like Indonesia’s unnecessary requirements for dairy, meat, and rendered products. It includes China’s requirements across a wide range of food and agricultural products, such as sanitary and phytosanitary measures that aren’t based on science, are maintained without scientific evidence, or are applied beyond the necessary extent. Other significant barriers include Mexico’s policies regarding agricultural biotechnology products, and the European Union’s non-science-based policies affecting innovative crop protection policies.

The U.S. Trade Representative’s Office is determined to ensure that producers can compete on a level playing field globally.