Date: Jun 13, 2013
Canada is targeting fresh crops in proposed retaliation against US COOL Rules.

Canadian officials have expressed disappointment with U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) regulatory changes relating to livestock, and is proposing to retaliate against fresh crops.  Canada is claiming that the United States has failed to comply with the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling on COOL. 

The U.S. COOL requirement in question relates to livestock and the retail labeling of meat, advising consumers where the livestock were born, raised, and slaughtered.  Canada has issued a list of nearly 40 U.S. imported commodities targeted for possible retaliatory tariffs because of the United States’ alleged failure to comply with the WTO ruling.  Apples and cherries are two fresh commodities named on the list.

The Canadian government states that it will seek a resolution through the WTO, which is anticipated to take 18 to 24 months, and that it will not implement any retaliatory measures until authorized by the WTO.

For more information, contact WG’s Ken Gilliland ( at 949-885-2267.

WG Staff Contact

Ken Gilliland
Director, International Trade & Transportation

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