first_imgU.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and his Philippine counterpart announced this week that the two countries agreed to improve agricultural trade by working towards reducing tariff and non-tariff barriers. This is a possible first step in moving towards a free trade agreement with the Philippines, which ASA has on its short list of desired trading partners.U.S. total exports of agricultural products to the Philippines totaled $2.6 billion in 2017. Leading domestic export categories include: soybean meal ($748 million), wheat ($555 million), dairy products ($243 million), pork & pork products ($98 million), and soybeans ($92 million).The Philippines has some of the highest food prices of any Southeast Asian nation and would benefit from a free trade agreement with the United States.last_img read more