Canada Mexico win WTO nod for 1 billion in trade sanctions against

first_imgRelated posts:US, Latin American leaders push hard for proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiators push hard for deal Trans-Pacific Partnership: 12 Pacific countries seal huge free trade deal Mexico takes Costa Rica ban on avocados to World Trade Organization WASHINGTON, D.C. – Canada and Mexico won WTO approval Monday to impose some $1 billion a year in trade sanctions against the United States over its country-of-origin labeling requirement for beef and pork.An arbitration panel at the Geneva-based World Trade Organization ruled that the U.S. policy, known by its acronym COOL, was unfair because it puts imported livestock at a disadvantage to domestic livestock.The panel concluded that Canada and Mexico, partners with the U.S. in the North American Free Trade Agreement, could apply  retaliatory tariffs on U.S. exports.Canada, the largest U.S. trade partner, is authorized to impose up to CAD$1.05 billion (US$780.3 million) in sanctions annually in the goods sector, while Mexico can levy up to $227.8 million a year in retaliatory tariffs.COOL requires labeling that states where livestock animals are born, where they are raised, and where they are slaughtered.The labeling law, popular with U.S. consumers for giving greater transparency to their food purchases, was enshrined in the 2002 five-year Farm Bill. Congress strengthened it in 2013, even as Canada and Mexico were challenging the policy at the WTO.The U.S. meat industry, as well as Ottawa and Mexico City, have campaigned against COOL as an unfair and costly burden on producers.“Country of origin labeling harms Canadian and Mexican livestock producers as well as U.S. processors and producers. It also disrupts the highly integrated North American meat industry supply chain,” the Canadian government said in a statement after the WTO ruling.“Since 2011, the World Trade Organization has repeatedly ruled that COOL discriminates against Canadian and Mexican cattle and hogs and violates the trade obligations of the United States,” it said.President Barack Obama’s administration moved Monday to defuse the WTO decision, saying it would work with the U.S. Congress on alternatives to the labeling law.“We are disappointed with this decision and its potential impact on trade among vital North American partners,” said Tim Reif, general counsel for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, in a statement.“We will continue to consult with members of Congress as they consider options to replace the current COOL law and additional next steps. In the meantime, if Canada and Mexico take steps to raise import duties on U.S. exports, it will only harm the economies of all three trading partners.”Advocacy group Public Citizen said that the WTO decision was an example of how trade pacts can undermine the public interest.“Today’s ruling makes clear that trade agreements can — and do — threaten even the most favored U..S consumer protections,” said Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.“We hope that President Obama stands by his claim that ‘no trade agreement is going to force us to change our laws,’” she said.“But in fact rolling back U.S. consumer and environmental safeguards has been exactly what past presidents have done after previous retrograde trade pact rulings.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Miami immediately put the 2013 third-round pick in coverage and got a touchdown reception from running back Damien Williams.Cooper was injured trying to push a Dolphin to the ground when he was hit in the back by another Miami player. Justin Bethel replaced Cooper at cornerback.The Cardinals said both Cooper and Bucannon were questionable to return.Branch left in the third quarter with a groin injury and was ruled out. He was on the injured reserve with a groin issue previous to last week’s game.John left the game in the fourth quarter due to an unknown injury. – / 31 Comments   Share   I do not see D.J. Humphries on the sideline as the second half begins.— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) December 11, 2016In the second half, Bucannon left while chasing down a run play and having teammate Frostee Rucker fall on his right leg. Bucannon went to the locker room with a limp and was replaced by Zaviar Gooden, who was elevated from the practice squad in November. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals strong safety Deone Bucannon (20) celebrates a stop against the Minnesota Vikings during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) “A bunch of guys had to step up in this game because we had guys going down left and right,” Arians told the media after the game. “We played the fourth quarter without a nickel and (defensive coordinator James Bettcher) did a hell of a job coming up with some things to play defensively to keep us in the game.“Offensively, we were down to our last offensive lineman that if we were to get the ball back, we would’ve had to make another offensive shift.”John Wetzel replaced Humphries at left tackle in the first half as the starter underwent concussion protocol. Wetzel, who was replaced at right guard by Earl Watford after starting there a week prior, came off the bench but started at left tackle for the injury-riddled Cardinals earlier this year.Humphries’ return was called questionable. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires They entered their Week 14 game in Miami relatively healthy, but the Arizona Cardinals left with a 26-23 defeat along with concerns at several starting spots.Left tackle D.J. Humphries (concussion protocol), right tackle Ulrick John (unknown), dollar linebacker Deone Bucannon (ankle), safety Tyvon Branch (groin) and cornerback Marcus Cooper (back) all left the game with injuries. The secondary depth was hurt to the point that Arizona brought return man and receiver Brittan Golden in to play safety. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories last_img read more