Canada and Mexico may be the U.Ss closet geographic neighbors, but both are miles away from the U.S. in terms of how they view Country of Origin labeling. Unless Congress can repeal the rule, all three countries are scheduled to present their findings of economic damage in front of World Trade Organizaiton next month, after which the World Trade Organization will rule on the permitted level of trade retaliation Canada and Mexico may undertake. Cattlemen Association’s Director of Government and International Relations John Masswohl will be one of the presenters and he says Canada will stick by their claims of nearly $3 billion in damages.
U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman has says the real possible damages incurred by Canada and Mexico is closer to $ 91 million than $3 billion Canada alone is claiming. Masswohl says the U.S. isn’t giving a realistic damage estimate
The U.S. House has already passed a bill fully repealing COOL, but the U.S. Senate is undecided. A group of 14 Senators including North Dakota Senator John HOeven have proposed a voluntary program. Masswohl says that won’t be good enough given the standards he’s read
The Senate appears set to take up the issue when they return September 8th.Share