Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Ministers Fast and Ritz Deeply Disappointed with U.S. Decision to Appeal Ruling on Country of Origin Labelling
The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, and the Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, issued the following statement on today’s decision by the U.S. to appeal the WTO compliance panel’s latest decision on the U.S. Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) policy:
“Canada is deeply disappointed with the U.S. decision to appeal the WTO ruling on COOL.
“Canada fully expected the United States to live up to its international trade obligations and comply with the WTO ruling, which reaffirms Canada’s long-standing view that the revised U.S. COOL measure is blatantly protectionist and fails to comply with the WTO’s original ruling against it.
“With this delay, the United States is yet again preventing both of our countries from enjoying the benefits of freer and more open trade and is hurting farmers, ranchers and workers in the United States and Canada.
“We are confident that the WTO Appellate Body in the compliance process will uphold the principal finding of the report: that the amended U.S. COOL measure discriminates against Canadian livestock. That finding marks another clear victory for Canada and recognizes the integrated nature of the North American supply chain.
“Our government will always stand with our farmers and ranchers, and we will take whatever steps may be necessary, including retaliation, to achieve a fair resolution.”
For Canada’s reaction to the WTO compliance report, please visit Ministers Fast and Ritz Call on U.S. to Comply with WTO Decision and Respect Trade Obligations.
For details of the report, please visit WTO issues compliance panel reports on U.S. “country of origin” disputes.
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