According to the article (http://m.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11520114), there are reported signs of a deal coming together on access to dairy products in North America ahead of trade talks happening this week in Atlanta, Georgia. Reports over the weekend suggest that, despite protests from the dairy sector in both the US and Canada, both countries are preparing to move on their highly protected markets.

According to several news outlets, the US is signaling willingness to open its dairy market to some extent for imports from New Zealand and Australia.  The US National Milk Producers Federation and Dairy Export Council are expressing alarm at this, fearful that without sufficiently consulting the US industry they will potentially open the US market to Canadian imports without a reciprocal ability for US dairy producers to enter the Canadian market. “Tariff elimination on key products without reciprocal treatment by Canada would seriously undermine the US dairy economy,” the two organizations said in a joint statement.