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GCCA Expresses Support for Transparency and Honesty in Energy Regulations Act of 2017

The Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) recently joined a number of organizations in food and agriculture industries in signing a letter addressed to the United States House of Representatives and Senate supporting the Transparency and Honesty in Energy Regulations Act (THERA) of 2017. The full letter can be found below.

For more information, please contact GCCA Vice President of Government & Legal Affairs Lowell Randel at lrandel@nullgcca.org. Continue reading

GCCA-Supported Coalition Submits Letter of Support for the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2017

The Family Business Coalition (FBC), of which the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) is an active member, sent a letter to Senator John Thune (R-SD) and Congresswoman Kristi Noem (R-SD) supporting their introduction of the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2017. In total, 132 trade associations and advocacy organizations representing a wide range of America’s family businesses joined the letter in support the legislation. The coalition letter states in part, “The negative effects of the estate tax make permanent repeal the only solution for family businesses and farms. Your legislation will help America’s family businesses create jobs, expand operations, and grow the economy.” Continue reading

COOL Repeal Included in Omnibus Appropriations

On December 16th, Congress announced a deal that would fund the federal government through the end of fiscal year 2016. The omnibus appropriations package includes a number of policy riders including language that would repeal current requirements for mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) for meat and poultry. Earlier this month, the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced that Mexico and Canada are authorized to retaliate against the United States because the current COOL regulations violate U.S. trade obligations. By repealing the provisions, the U.S. will avoid over $1 billion in retaliatory tariffs that had been authorized by the WTO. A vote on the omnibus bill is expected by the end of the week. 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. A copy of the coalition letter is attached to this post and can also be found on the GCCA Advocacy Portal.

WTO Rules on COOL, GCCA Joins Groups Urging Congressional Action

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.