US Trade Representative Katherine Tai will travel north of the border next week to meet her Canadian counterpart, Mary Ng.
According to the Thai office, the ambassador will hold a two-day meeting with Canada’s International Trade Minister Ng in Ottawa and Toronto from May 5th to 6th.
The pair discusses with stakeholders, visits local businesses and discusses the best ways to strengthen trade relations between the two countries.
Thailand has visited Canada for the first time since becoming President Joe Biden’s trade representative in March last year.
Regulations governing softwood, dairy exports and auto parts have proven to be important friction points since the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) came into force in 2020.
Tai is also certain to raise Canada’s proposed digital services tax. This is a 3% tax on foreign content providers such as Netflix and Spotify.
In a statement, the Thai office said, “We will hold bilateral meetings, meet with stakeholders, visit local businesses and discuss opportunities to strengthen trade relations between the United States and Canada through (USMCA) and other mechanisms. “.
The announcement from Ng’s office also referred to “cooperation in the face of global supply chain problems” and plans to discuss joint efforts by the two countries to support Ukraine in the war with Russia.