The Trump Regime is Already Causing Trade Problems

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Our trade policy hasn't been formally changed yet, but the Trump regime has already created problems with our biggest trade partners through sheer incompetence.

Export permits for Mexican sugar have been suspended because of a technicality and, ordinarily, that wouldn't be a big problem, but there's literally no one at the Department of Commerce qualified to deal with it.

The letter sent by Mexico's sugar chamber to mills on Monday partly blamed the situation on unfilled positions at the U.S. Department of Commerce, which it said has led to a "legalistic" interpretation of rules with no U.S. counterparts in place in Washington for Mexican officials to negotiate with. [...] The letter described as "absurd" an interpretation by "low-level" U.S. Commerce Department officials of a clause in so-called suspension agreements. [...]

The permits were "suspended" to comply with accords with the United States because the export limit for the six months up to March 31 was reached ahead of time, said Juan Diaz Mazadiego, director of foreign trade at Mexico's Economy Ministry.

Trump has continued to blame Democrats for not approving his nominees, but Republicans control Congress and Trump hasn't even nominated anyone to fill hundreds of positions in the federal government including at the Department of Commerce.

Supplies of sugar in the United States are reportedly "tight" so don't surprised if the price of sugar and products that use sugar increases.

The license cancellation by Mexico adds to protracted marketplace uncertainty, said Richard Pasco, president of the Sweetener Users Association trade group.

"We need adequate supplies and the lack of resolution is a problem," he told Reuters in a phone interview on Tuesday.

  • Badgerite

    Best go out and stock up on sugar. Probably a portent of things to come.

  • Scopedog

    But some people chased after emails, whined about how Bernie wuz robbed, how Trump wouldn’t be so bad, how both candidates were the same but Hillary was somehow worse….

    No surprise at this–except, of course, just how quickly it has happened.

    • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

      In my humble opinion (again, as a Bernie supporter) is that the choice between Clinton and Trump was akin to a stubbed toe versus stage 4 mesothelioma.

      • Badgerite

        The Supreme Court appointment to come alone should have been enough to tip the balance for anyone actually concerned about the future. So….yeah. Pretty much.

        • Christopher Foxx

          That’s the one that’s always worried me. Given the ages of the justices, who ever won was going to be likely to appoint two and possibly as many as four justices. There is nothing that even comes close to the significance of that.

          Presidents affect things for a decade or so, and their real screwups can get largely get reversed by the next administration. It’s thru who’s on the Court that they affect things for generations.

          • Badgerite

            Exactly. I wish the Steiners had had a better appreciation of that fact. We could have had a Court that reflected the experiences of a diverse cross section of the country. Now we will have old, white guys there to represent the only rich old white guys. What could go wrong?
            One of my favorite Justices on the Court of late besides the Notorious RBG is Justice Sotomayor. She brings a perspective to the Court that would never occur to someone like Justice Alito. And that is important to have.

          • Christopher Foxx

            Yeah. I’m counting on RBG to be as BorG-like as her initials suggest and just keep hanging in there.

            (Well the woman *is* probably made of granite.)

          • Badgerite

            Well she has always been a strong person. She had to be I’m sure to get anywhere as a female lawyer in her day. I still recall Justice O’Connor who graduated at the top of her class from Standford not being able to find a job post graduation. She had to start as an unpaid associate for her first job. How bad is that. Top of her class.

          • Scopedog

            I wish the Steiners had had a better appreciation of that fact.

            They didn’t care. They looked at the SC makeup as a distraction, as a Democratic scare tactic.