This week U.S. dairy industry leaders sent U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer’s office a letter alleging that Canada is violating the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
“We are writing today to highlight the concerning inconsistences between Canada’s dairy Tariff Rate-Quotas (TRQ) allocations and allocation rules and Canada’s market access obligations under USMCA and provide the U.S. government with specific potential violations of Canada’s TRQ administration,” leaders wrote in the letter.
Canada has previously administered dairy TRQs under other free trade agreements in a manner that undermines the negotiated market access provisions in those agreements, they point out. The country’s recently announced TRQ allocations under USMCA appear to be designed to discourage full utilization of the TRQs, they say.
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