For Immediate Release September 6, 2019
Cereals Canada Supports WTO Action to Protect Agricultural Trade
Issues are beyond China and encompass more crops than canola. Similar action is needed on mandatory COOL in Italy to protect Canadian Durum
Winnipeg, Friday, September 6, 2019 – Cereals Canada supports formal World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute resolution case against China for their restrictions on Canadian canola exports. Cereals Canada renews the call for the Canadian Government to bring a similar dispute resolution action against the protectionist mandatory country of origin labelling in Italy.
Cereals Canada calls on the Government of Canada to immediately take similar action in response to the protectionist mandatory country of origin labelling regulations in Italy. The durum value chain has been calling for WTO action to resolve Italian mCOOL for the past two years.
“Italy was once the largest market for Canadian durum, the wheat used to make pasta. Since mCOOL has been brought in Canadian farmers have lost sixty percent of this market. We urge the Government of Canada to stand up against and use all available tools to challenge the Italian regulations that effectively discriminate against Canadian products.”
Dahl further noted that “the loss of the Italian durum market has happened after the agricultural provisions of the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement with Europe came into effect.”
Cereals Canada is calling for a much more public and assertive response from the Government of Canada to the harm being done to Canadian farmers and exporters by the Italian regulations.
“We need to do more than sign trade agreements, we need to place a priority on making sure trade agreements actually work, stated Dahl.”
“Failure to challenge the Italian regulations will encourage other countries with trade protectionist goals to utilize similar means to block Canadian exports. The time to challenge these non-tariff barriers is now, before further proliferation of this protectionist tool,” concluded Dahl.
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