The U.S. Congress has drafted legislation that, if passed, will fully repeal U.S. COOL rules on beef and pork. This comes in response to Canadian and Mexican demands as part of a longstanding World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute.

RCC has been in discussions with both Canadian and U.S. officials expressing support of the full repeal of COOL as outlined in the bill.

Last week the WTO ruled that Canada is in a position to retaliate against the U.S.’s discriminatory COOL rules by applying retaliatory surtaxes on $1,054 billion on a wide range of U.S. exports to Canada. Canada and Mexico are set to receive WTO authorization to retaliate this Friday. A range of product lines have been identified by Canadian officials as possible targets for retaliation if COOL is not repealed.

Votes on the Bill are expected this week or next. Canada is expected to retaliate within a matter of days should COOL not be repealed in the short term as a result of this process.

Next Steps:

  • RCC will continue to express support of the full repeal of COOL as outlined in the current U.S. bill with officials on both sides of the border.
  • RCC will continue to express our serious concerns and aggressively oppose retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods.
  • RCC will continue meeting with officials in the Ministries of Finance, Foreign Trade and Agriculture to ensure that negative impacts on retailers and consumers are minimized should retaliation occur.

Background:

For further information and critical timelines on this issue, please see RCC’s December 8, 2015 member notice.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact: Jason McLinton, Senior Director, Federal Government Relations at: jmclinton@retailcouncil.org or 613-656-7903 or Dave Wilkes, Senior Vice President Government Relations and Grocery Division at dwilkes@retailcouncil.org or 416-467-3767