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May 19, 2009

(Inside U.S. Trade)
May 15, 2009

Canada and Mexico late last week filed new formal consultation requests in the World Trade Organization over the U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) requirement, charging the requirement violates U.S. obligations on technical barriers to trade (TBT), national treatment, transparency and rules of origin. They filed the requests as addenda to update their respective December 2008 consultation requests to take into account the U.S. final rule and a Feb. 20 letter in which Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack called on meat packers to exceed COOL requirements.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
May 01, 2009

In its twentieth annual "Special 301" Report on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) protection issues with 77 U.S. trading partners, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative yesterday (April 30) elevated Canada to the priority watch list for the first time and removed Korea from the watch list for the first time.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
May 01, 2009

Canadian Trade Minister Stockwell Day this week notified U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk that Canada will soon take a first step toward a World Trade Organization challenge of the final rule implementing a U.S. country-of-origin labeling scheme. Day announced this in an April 27 press conference.