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U.S., UK Completes Fourth Round of Trade Talks
USAgNet - 09/28/2020

The U.S. and the U.K. wrapped up its fourth round of talks last week, with negotiators working on 16 different chapters of the proposed deal covering food safety rules, market access and financial services, among topics during the Sept. 8-18 meetings.

"Significant progress has been achieved since launching negotiations in May 2020, and most chapter areas are now in the advanced stages of talks," said the UK Department of International Trade.

The fifth round of talks will take place mid-October, the agency said. In October 2018, the Trump administration first announced its intention to negotiate a trade agreement with the U.K.

Farm groups are supportive of negotiations, provided the agreement eliminates tariff and non-tariff trade barriers on pork, the U.K. acknowledges meat industry standards as equivalent and they agree to import product from all federally inspected facilities.

Ambassador Lighthizer continues to warn that the two nations are unlikely to reach a deal before the November elections.

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