At DTB AgriTrade, we are passionate about agricultural trade. It never ceases to amaze us that a single meal may contain the produce of thousands of farmers across our country and around the world. Those individual farmers may live in a remote part of the United States or another country, but what they raise could end up feeding and delighting people from Dakar to Tokyo and Buenos Aires to Toronto.
We believe that food, fiber, and energy from agricultural products should be able to cross international borders at minimal cost and without inappropriate interference. DTB AgriTrade exists to help our clients make sense of policies and reduce the costs of trade by overcoming such interference.
In particular, we help push for regulations, subsidies, and border measures to conform to international agreements, especially the obligations under the World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements. For agriculture, the most important are the Agreement on Agriculture, the Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures, the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures (SCM), the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT), and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT).
Some bilateral and regional free trade agreements have also made important improvements to these multilateral agreements and much more could be done. We strive to help our clients advance international commitments that further open markets and reduce distortions in agricultural trade.