On December 7th, the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced that Mexico and Canada are authorized to retaliate against the United States because of the U.S. mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) requirements for meat and poultry. The announcement comes after a lengthy process by which the WTO found that the mandatory COOL regulations violate U.S. trade obligations. The WTO stated that Mexico and Canada are authorized to impose retaliatory tariffs in the amount of $1.01 billion annually. These tariffs are likely to be impose of food and agriculture products exported by the U.S. to Canada and Mexico.
The Global Cold Chain Alliance joined with 249 organizations in sending a letter to the United States Senate urging action to repeal mandatory COOL for meat and poultry. The House of Representatives passed repeal legislation earlier this year, but the Senate has yet to take action. A copy of the coalition letter is attached to this post and can also be found on the GCCA Advocacy Portal.