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R-CALF Abandons Anti-Dumping Appeals

Thursday, March 9, 2000

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.

AMI last 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 prices paid
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 industry.

"R-CALF’s decision 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."

AMI represents the interests of packers and processors of beef, pork, lamb, veal and turkey products and their suppliers throughout North America. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute provides legislative, regulatory and public relations services, conducts scientific and economic research, offers marketing and technical assistance and sponsors education programs.

For more information contact:
Janet Riley
Vice President, Public Affairs
Sara Lilygren
Senior VP, Public Affairs

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