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Canadians Respond to Trade Cases

The Canadian Pork Council (CPC) has called on the U.S. pork industry to withdraw its trade cases against Canada, citing the U.S. Commerce Department’s Aug. 17 ruling that the Canadian swine industry farm support payments are fully in compliance with U.S. law and international trade rules.

The CPC release states: “Farm support payments are a fact of life in the U.S., Canada and the global agricultural industry. The result of the recent decision in this trade case is that the U.S. government has found that Canada continues to ‘do it right’ under U.S. law and the rules of international trade. Furthermore, payments made to Canadian farmers have not harmed the U.S. pork industry.”

While the Commerce Department found that federal income stabilization programs in Canada were not “illegal” based on preliminary results, the data did demonstrate that subsidies disproportionately benefited the hog industry, according to the National Pork Producers Council.