Washington DC Agricultural Lawyer
Stewart and Stewart
Agriculture, while accounting for less than 10% of global trade in goods, is of critical importance to all nations and is increasingly at the center of global trade challenges as well as broader debates about economic, environmental, and food security policies. With its expertise across many specific practice areas, Stewart and Stewart offers farmers, ranchers, and governmental entities guidance on how to navigate the challenges and opportunities presented by evolving national and international policies.
Negotiations on agricultural market access liberalization and limits on agricultural subsidies has been the lead issues in the ongoing WTO Doha Round negotiations. Such negotiations, existing agreements on Agriculture and on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures, and specific disputes within the WTO affect the likely shape of legislation and regulations in the US and all other WTO members.
Our firm’s exceptional background in WTO Affairs provides our clients with unique and timely insights on all of these areas affecting agricultural producers and interests. We have closely monitored developments in the Doha Round, provide clients with periodic reports on developments in the agricultural negotiations, including an evaluation of likely effect of proposals and draft texts on client interests. As appropriate, we work with Administration and Congressional officials to communicate the needs and concerns of clients in the ongoing negotiations.
Similarly, we monitor the ongoing work within the various committees within the WTO of interest to agricultural clients as well as the filings by WTO members of sanitary and phytosanitary measures or product standards. We can assist in providing comments to proposed measures and/or evaluate likely WTO consistency.
There have been a significant number of disputes involving agricultural products. Where our clients are not directly involved, we monitor the dispute and can advise clients of implications of eventual outcomes for laws, regulations, practices or actions that are of direct relevance to clients.
The growing number of bilateral and regional free trade agreements around the world also has a direct impact on agriculture as most of these agreements provide for tariff reductions or eliminations on at least some part of agricultural trade. Stewart and Stewart helps clients understand how these agreements open new market opportunities and possibly create new competitive challenges. We have helped clients develop positions on FTAs that, if adopted, would maximize the likely outcome for the clients involved. We also advise clients on the implications FTAs have on how their products can qualify for preferential tariff treatment and how to take advantage of dispute settlement provisions if needed.
We have represented agricultural and horticultural producers in antidumping, countervailing duty and safeguard cases before federal agencies and courts.
With our experience in government relations, we can help clients educate public officials and the media about issues of importance to agricultural/horticultural interests across a wide range of topics from intellectual property to food safety to competition policy to climate change and more.
In a complex trading environment, exporters must be sensitive to whether sanctions or other legal requirements restrict the ability to sell products to certain location. We can help companies address these concerns.
With one in three acres in the United States planted for export and agricultural goods being the chief export of many developing counties entering the global trading system, agriculture is at the center of many policy debates and will likely be the focus of increased trade policy attention in the coming years. Stewart and Stewart can help U.S. producers remain competitive overseas and at home.
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