The American Meat Institute (AMI) today welcomed the decision by the Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund (R-CALF) to withdraw separate appeals relating to dumping cases it filed against Canada and Mexico. The decision to abandon the legal appeals it had initiated suggests that R-CALF recognizes the difficulty of reversing fair and objective findings made by the United States International Trade Commission (USITC).
In November, AMI won a critical
victory for free trade when the USITC, by a 5-1
vote, determined that U.S. imports of Canadian
cattle are not materially injuring, or
threatening material injury, to the U.S. cattle
industry. The final USITC determination
effectively ended the dumping case.
Anti-dumping tariffs on imported Canadian
cattle were lifted and all provisional duties
collected between July and the November
decision are being refunded to U.S. importers.
The ITC case stemmed from a
U.S. Department of Commerce investigation in
response to a 1998 petition filed byR-CALF in
which the group alleged that Canadian cattle
were being "dumped" in the United States
market. After the Department of Commerce ruling
in July 1999, U.S. customs began collecting a
provisional offsetting duty of approximately 5
½ percent, ad valorem, on most cattle imported
into the U.S. from Canada.
year retained outside legal counsel to counter
the allegations made by the petitioners. In
addition, several AMI member companies
submitted economic data and testified at a
USITC hearing in October 1999 that imports of
Canadian cattle represent a miniscule share -
less than three percent - of total U.S. cattle
supplies and have no significant impact on
for U.S. cattle.
R-CALF also brought a similar case against
Mexican cattle imports, but the U.S.
International Trade Commision found that
Mexican cattle were not harming the U.S. cattle
to drop their appeals affirms the fact that the
USITC determination was fair and solidly
grounded in trade law," said AMI President and
CEO J. Patrick Boyle. "AMI strongly opposed the
imposition of anti-dumping tariffs on Canadian
and Mexican cattle and will continue to oppose
all unjustifiable restrictions on trade in
livestock and meat."
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R-CALF Abandons Anti-Dumping AppealsThursday, March 9, 2000
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