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WTO to Issue COOL Retaliatory Tariffs Decision in November

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

A World Trade Organization (WTO) arbitration panel on November 21, 2015, will issue a final decision regarding the amount of annual retaliatory tariffs Canada and Mexico can impose on U.S. imports resulting from country-of-original labeling (COOL) rules. Canada and Mexico last week defended their proposed tariffs during a public hearing at the WTO’s headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Canada is requesting authorization to impose retaliatory measures worth more than $2.5 billion, while Mexico is proposing tariffs totaling more than $713 million. The U.S. contested Canada and Mexico’s calculations, arguing the value of Canada’s proposed retaliatory measures should be cut by more than 98 percent and Mexico’s by 93 percent.

In May, the WTO ruled for a fourth and final time that COOL violates the United States’ international trade obligations and illegally discriminates against imported livestock from Canada and Mexico. The U.S. House of Representatives in June voted to repeal COOL, but the Senate has not yet acted. The Senate also is considering a separate bill to replace COOL with a voluntary labelling scheme. Canada and Mexico, however, have stated that full COOL repeal is the only way the U.S. can stave off the proposed retaliatory measures.

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