Keeping tabs on trade barriers

Foreign trade barriers are a huge problem for U.S. agricultural producers. Too many countries try, in one form or another, to keep out U.S. ag products.

Keeping track of all the roadblocks is no easy task, but the Office of the United States Trade Representative has given it a shot. The 2012 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers examines barriers in countries around the world, ranging from Angola to Vietnam.

It’s not exactly light reading, but area agriculturalists, especially ones involved in exporting, probably can glean some useful information from it.

The report can be found at www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/reports-and-publications/2012-1.

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