U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer testified before the House Ways and Means Committee last week. The trade ambassador answered questions on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, noting that the agreement goes into effect on July 1. Lighthizer said biotechnology will be addressed. “The reality is that Mexico hasn’t approved any biotech products in the last two years. Our view is that’s not right. My own sense is that it’s one of those issues where the administration down there has a very strong view and I think the only way we’ll get that to change is first by consultations and then, by action,” said Lighthizer. “We will have formal consultations once the agreement goes into effect.” Lighthizer said the Trump administration is closely watching Canada’s dairy provisions. “They have a period of a few months to get rid of class six and class seven. If there’s any shading of the benefits to American farmers, we’ll bring a case against them.” Lighthizer also discussed the U.S. and China phase one trade deal.
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