The U.S. and China phase one trade deal was the big news at the 2020 Potato Expo. One year later, Bryant Christie Vice President of Global Access Matthew Lantz said the relationship is even more challenging. “There will continue to be more aggressive confrontational relations with China on trade issues,” said Lantz. “During last year’s expo, there was a commitment to open the fresh potato market, which we succeeded at doing in March, though we haven’t shipped yet. Although there was no retaliatory tariff relief, the deal offered an option to get out of some of those tariffs. We were successful doing that.” Lantz said any new phases of a trade deal with China isn’t expected in the near-term. The Biden administration is prioritizing COVID-19. “The Trump tariffs will be also be left on while we figure this out.” Trade and potato exports were discussed during the virtual Potato Expo.
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