CCFN Provides GI Framework for U.S.-UK Trade Negotiations

May 28th, 2020

The U.S. and United Kingdom (UK) recently reaffirmed their commitment to negotiating a free trade agreement (FTA). A U.S.-UK FTA could present a new path forward for the misbalanced trade relationship between the U.S. and the UK, one of the world’s top cheese importers. Ensuring that the UK uses its exit from the EU as an opportunity to move beyond the EU’s complex and unfair trade policies on geographical indications (GIs) is a critical element to that result, however.

CCFN has been actively monitoring all trade developments across the Atlantic and has worked with U.S. dairy industry partners to repeatedly take this message to UK negotiators directly. CCFN’s top priority in UK negotiations is removing GI restrictions that the EU has put into place to prevent the U.S. from exporting cheeses with common names to the UK and more broadly reforming how the UK deals with GIs.

CCFN has developed a set of detailed policy recommendations outlining how to best tackle the issue of GIs and common food names and has provided that language to U.S. trade negotiators to help guide negotiations towards a successful deal. This text builds upon the positive elements of the precedents that CCFN helped champion in USMCA on these topics.