Statement from ministers Freeland and MacAulay on U.S. Country of Origin Labelling


December 21, 2015 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Trade, and the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, today issued the following statement on the United States’ Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) requirements:

“Today, Canada obtained World Trade Organization [WTO] authorization to impose retaliatory surtaxes on U.S. exports to Canada worth $1.054 billion annually as a result of the economic harm caused by U.S. Country of Origin Labelling. This is the final technical step in the WTO dispute settlement process.

“We remain pleased that the United States has repealed COOL for beef and pork and that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has promised to make amendments to the relevant regulations as quickly as possible to reflect the legislative repeal.

“Canada will monitor implementation of the repeal to ensure discrimination against Canadian cattle and hog exports is removed expeditiously in the U.S. market. It is our hope that no retaliatory action will be needed in future.”

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