CCA Statement on WTO compliance panel

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) fully supports today’s request by the Government of Canada that the World Trade Organization (WTO) establish a compliance panel in the ongoing U.S. mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) dispute.

The CCA has encouraged the Government of Canada to pursue this action announced by International Trade Minister Ed Fast and Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz. The Government of Canada’s request will be considered by the WTO Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) on August 30.

A compliance panel would determine if the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) May 23 COOL amendment complies with the U.S.’s WTO obligations. The amendment was intended to address the July 2012 WTO DSB finding that COOL causes discrimination against imported cattle in the U.S. marketplace. The Government of Canada and the CCA share the position that the U.S. amendment is not in compliance with the WTO.

A WTO compliance panel ruling in Canada’s favour would allow the Government of Canada to seek retaliatory compensation of approximately $1.1 billion on U.S. commodities that could be targeted for retaliation in relation to the COOL dispute. The Government of Canada released the list of commodities being considered for retaliation in June.

To read the full statement click here.