Ag trade leader says reducing biofuel tariffs a challenge – Voice Of Muscatine



Ag trade leader says reducing biofuel tariffs a challenge

The chief ag negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative says there have been some challenges reducing tariffs as work continues to improve global market access for U.S. biofuels.

Doug McKalip says one of the biggest hurdles has been removing Brazil’s 18% tariff on U.S. biofuels. McKalip says he recently met with Brazil leaders and had straightforward discussions, “As a result of that conversation, Secretary (Neri) Gellar promised to me that he would go back, meet with the Brazilian CAMEX (Foreign Trade Chamber), and to put together a proposal for us on how they might change their direction.”

McKalip says he is expecting to hear more from Brazil at the World Trade Organization’s Ministerial Conference later this month.

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