This is an excerpt from Senator Moran’s weekly newsletter, “Kansas Common Sense”
On Tuesday, the administration announced that Brazil will fulfill its decades-old commitment to establish a duty-free tariff rate quota (TRQ) for wheat, resolving a long-standing trade barrier faced by Kansas farmers when attempting to sell their wheat to Brazilian markets. This action follows a letter I led with my Senate colleagues to President Trump urging him to prioritize wheat exports in discussions with Brazilian President Bolsonaro.
The elimination of the 10 percent tariff currently applied to U.S. wheat imported by Brazil will allow our farmers to compete on a level playing field with foreign competitors like Argentina, resulting in increased U.S. wheat exports. As Kansas farmers struggle with low commodity prices, it is critical that we continue working to expand new export markets. It has been conservatively estimated that establishing the TRQ will result in $75 to over $120 million in additional annual U.S. wheat sales to Brazil.
I commend President Trump, as well as U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and native Kansan and Chief Agricultural Negotiator Gregg Doud for their efforts to secure this commitment from Brazil. I look forward to working with the administration to make certain Brazil quickly implements the wheat TRQ and to make certain we continue increasing access to foreign markets for our farmers and ranchers. Click here to read more on this action.
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