Members of the COOL Reform Coalition is asking the 114th Congress to address the negative impacts that the existing country-of-origin labeling (COOL) requirements will have on the U.S. economy as a result of the World Trade Organization (WTO) rulings. The coalition said in a letter to Congress, “Given the negative impact on the U.S. manufacturing and agriculture economies, we respectfully submit that it would be intolerable for the United States to maintain, even briefly, requirements that have been deemed non-compliant by the WTO. Accordingly, we request that Congress immediately act to assure U.S. compliance with international trade obligations. Prompt enactment of such a contingency plan is an essential defense of American export markets and jobs.”
The WTO ruled in favor of Canada and Mexico last October. Canada has published its list of products on which it would place retaliatory tariffs, and Mexico will publish their list in the future. The United States appealed the October ruling. The United States is expected to lose its final appeal when the WTO rules this spring.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers co-chair the COOL Reform Coalition.