China blocks Canadian move to set up WTO probe into ‘serious, negative’ canola seed restrictions



Andrew Mullen | SCMP

China as expected blocked Canada’s first request to establish a World Trade Organization (WTO) panel to investigate Beijing’s restrictions placed on imports of Canadian canola seeds.

China suspended imports of canola seeds from Richardson International and Viterra in March 2019, while also making shipments from other Canadian firms subject to enhanced inspections, claiming that pests were detected.

Canada claims discussions with China in October 2019 “failed to settle the dispute” and confirmed it planned to escalate its complaint to the Geneva-based trade body last week.

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