Dairy industry concerned over Canadian government ratifying USMCA before the United States

The United States and Canada have found a truce on the steel and aluminum tariffs which, as promised, presents a window to ratify USMCA (NAFTA 2.0) before the fall. As export-related agricultural commodity organizations push for a Canadian ratification of the USMCA agreement, the Dairy Farmers of Canada is asking the Canadian government to tap the breaks on ratification.

“Dairy farmers across the country are concerned about the government beginning the process of ratifying CUSMA even though the future of this agreement remains uncertain in the United States,” Lucie Boileau, Director Communications for the Dairy Farmers of Canada stated to RealAgriculture.

The U.S. uncertainty Boileau is referring to is the lack of clarity from U.S. congress on what possible law changes would be required in Canada for the Democrat-controlled house of representatives to accept the deal.

Once the USMCA is ratified and implemented, the Canadian dairy industry will turn its focus towards life after the class 7 pricing system, which is required to be dismantled in the new trade deal.

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