Possible Trade Retaliation Over COOL

Canada announced that it may seek retaliatory action against a number of U.S. products because of the final country-of-origin-labeling (COOL) rule implemented last month by the United States. Canadian officials said, “Our government is extremely disappointed that the United States continues to uphold this protectionist policy, which the World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled to be unfair, and we call on the United States to abide by the WTO ruling.  We are preparing to launch the next phase of the WTO dispute settlement process on the new U.S. rule, which we had hoped to avoid by the United States living up to its trade obligations.” 

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Canada listed a number of products that may be targeted, including live bovine animals; live swine; meat of bovine animals, fresh, chilled or frozen; fresh, chilled or frozen pork; apples; cherries; glucose and glucose syrup; certain fructose and fructose syrup; pasta; bread, pastry, cakes and biscuits; frozen orange juice; wooden office furniture; ethyl alcohol and other spirits, denatured, or any strength.  Mexico is expected to take similar action.

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