CCA Statement on U.S. Congress COOL instructions passed in Appropriations Bill

Calgary, AB – Over the weekend, the United States (U. S. ) Congress passed its annual appropriations legislation that funds the U. S. government for the remainder of the fiscal year. In the portion of that legislation that funds the U. S. Department of Agriculture, Congress included the following instruction:

"Within 15 days of final resolution, including all pending appeals, or May 1, 2015, whichever comes first, the Secretary of Agriculture, in consultation with the U. S.

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CCA partners with ViewTrak Technologies to expand Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS)

Calgary, AB - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) today announced that it is partnering with ViewTrak Technologies, a world-class technology and traceability company based in Edmonton, to enhance and expand the Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS). Under the partnership, a new privately-held company will take ownership of BIXS, with the CCA and ViewTrak as initial shareholders. Hubert Lau, Executive Vice-President of ViewTrak, will lead the company as President and Chief Executive Officer and Ted Power, President of ViewTrak, will take on the role of Executive Vice-President.

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CCA welcomes swift ratification of Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement

Calgary, AB - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) congratulates the Governments of Canada and Korea for ensuring the swift ratification of the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA) in their respective Parliaments, and setting January 1, 2015 as the date for the CKFTA to come into force. Having the CKFTA implemented by January 1 was a critical objective for the Canadian beef sector as it enables Canada to keep pace with its U. S. and Australian competitors from a tariff reduction perspective. “Now that both Parliaments have ratified the CKFTA, it can be implemented in time to avoid the U.

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U.S. appeals WTO ruling, CCA focused on eliminating unfair discrimination on imported cattle

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is disappointed that the United States (U. S. ) today appealed the World Trade Organization (WTO) Compliance Panel ruling of October 20, which found that the U. S. has failed to bring its Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) program into compliance with its WTO obligations. While the appeal was expected, it is the U. S. ’s final procedural option before Canada can exercise its right to retaliate, and the CCA remains focused on eliminating the unfair discrimination on U. S. imports of cattle (and hogs).

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Effort to promote, expand reach of Canadian beef in China appreciated

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) applauds the efforts of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Minister Gerry Ritz and Canada Beef Inc. to promote Canadian beef in China. China holds huge potential for Canada’s beef cattle producers, making efforts to reinforce and expand the reach of the high-quality Canadian beef brand among the growing Chinese middle class more important than ever. While in China this week on a trade mission, Minister Ritz helped promote Canadian beef at a special Canada Beef Inc. branding event in Guangzhou. The event, which also saw participation from Canada Beef Inc.

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WTO sides with Canada again, Panel report confirms U.S. COOL regulation discrimination

October 20 - Today the World Trade Organization (WTO) Compliance Panel made public its report regarding U. S. mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL), confirming that Canada has won another important and decisive victory at the WTO on MCOOL.   

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomes the Panel report as it unequivocally supports Canada’s position that the U. S. amendments to the COOL regulation continue the discrimination against live imports of cattle and hogs into the U. S. marketplace. Indeed, in finding that “. . .

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CCA cheers declaration of complete CETA text

Ottawa, ON - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) cheers today’s declaration signed in Ottawa that Canada and the European Union (EU) have concluded the negotiations for a free trade agreement. Today’s declaration follows the historic agreement-in-principle for a Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) reached last October and means the complete text will commence the ratification process in both Europe and Canada.

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Beef cattle producers applaud Canada-Korea FTA

Ottawa, ON - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) congratulates Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Korean President Park Geun-hye for today signing the final text of the Canada-Korea free trade agreement (CKFTA) in a special ceremony on Parliament Hill. Signed during an official mission by President Park to Ottawa, the agreement between Canada and the Republic of Korea comes just three months after the text of the CKFTA was tabled in the Canadian Parliament.

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