U.S. spring wheat is competitive in Japan in the short term. In the long term, there is concern longer term U.S wheat will be at a disadvantage compared to Canadian and Australian wheat because of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. U.S. Wheat Associates Vice-President of Communications Steve Mercer says tariffs on U.S. wheat will remain at a certain level and other tariffs will be reduced. “There’s about a $20 difference per metric ton, which is 50 cents per bushel. Right now, we’re still competitive there.” Mercer says the U.S. wheat industry wants trade talks with Japan to begin soon. “We’re hoping the Japanese government would consider treating us equally during the negotiations. That’s entirely up to them.”
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