In today’s MLex, Steptoe Senior Counselor and former EU Ambassador to the United States David O’Sullivan provided some thoughts on how to make progress on U.S.-EU agricultural issues to repair the bilateral trade relationship.


Ditch food-safety hangups to get trade deal with Biden, former EU ambassador to US says

19 Nov 20 | 17:45 GMT
Author: Joanna Sopinska

In Brief
The EU should be ready to offer some concessions on agriculture to US President-elect Joe Biden to de-escalate trade tensions and rebuild the trans-Atlantic relationship, a former EU ambassador to the US has said. This would require EU countries to put aside “all the old” disagreements on “chlorinated chicken, hormone beef and GMOs” and look instead for “things where there could be a bit of movement on both sides,” David O’Sullivan said.


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In early October, the European Commission launched “Access2Markets”, a web-based portal designed to provide practical information, tips and guidance to companies involved in import and export activities relating to the European Union (EU). This new online portal is set up in response to requests from stakeholders, in particular small and medium enterprises, for simplified and free access to guidance about customs and regulatory conditions for goods entering the EU from third countries, and about the equivalent conditions in third countries for goods originating from the EU.

The Access2Markets portal offers a single information point for useful information relevant to trading activities. It groups together information and guidance previously scattered in separate databases and tools, such as the Market Access Database, Trade Helpdesk, TARIC – EU Customs Tariff, and List rules concerning non-preferential origin. It also simplifies the complex set of EU-relevant import and export rules set out in the network of trade agreements the EU has entered into with over 70 countries and regions over the past 40 years. The new data pool covers a full spectrum of international trade-related topics encompassing information about tariffs (including both nomenclature and explanatory notes used for classification), applicable taxes at both the national and regional levels, rules of preferential and non-preferential origin, product requirements (e.g., labelling and marking), customs procedures and formalities, VAT/excise duties/sales taxes, non-tariff trade barriers in third countries, and trade statistics by individual good and country.
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