Today the U.S. Congress passed legislation that will fully repeal U.S. COOL rules on beef and pork. It is widely anticipated that the President’s signature will follow today or Monday. Canadian officials have indicated that this would satisfy their demands, thereby signalling the end to the longstanding World Trade Organization (WTO) trade dispute that had threatened the application of retaliatory surtaxes on $1,054 billion on a wide range of U.S. exports to Canada.

RCC has been aggressively opposing tariffs on U.S. goods since the trade dispute began. More recently, RCC has been active with officials on both sides of the border expressing support of the full repeal of COOL as outlined in the bill.

For further information and critical timelines on this issue, please see RCC’s December 17, 2015 member notice.

Next Steps:

  • RCC will continue to monitor the situation to ensure full passage of the legislation and that no retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods are put in place.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact: Jason McLinton, Senior Director, Federal Government Relations at: [email protected] or 613-656-7903 or Dave Wilkes, Senior Vice President Government Relations and Grocery Division at [email protected] or 416-467-3767