The executive director of Farmers For Free Trade Brian Kuel says it’s
too early to pop champagne corks following the signing of the phase-one trade
deal with China.
He tells Brownfield it’s positive that the US and China are talking
and the trade deal signing means the U.S. did not raise tariffs on additional
products. But, tariffs remain on BOTH sides.
“We’re competing against soybeans from Brazil that don’t have those same
taxes,” he says. “In fact, China has
lowered taxes for other countries as part of this trade war. So we’re at a significant competitive
Kuehl says he’ll be looking for the specifics of the deal when it is
made available in writing and even if China agrees to buy 40-billion dollars in
ag goods, that would be difficult to achieve in 2020 or beyond.