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·         Trump wins support for possible WTO action on Canada dairy

Australia, NZ dairy industry leaders would back the move as Canada denies dairy policies cause losses for U.S. farmers

 

·         Canadian ambassador, in letter to U.S. governors, defends dairy policies as compliant with NAFTA

Following President Trump’s charge earlier this week that U.S. dairy farmers have suffered from “some very unfair things” in Canada, the country’s envoy to Washington, David MacNaughton, said U.S. claims are not based on fact -- and that Canada is living up to its international trade obligations…

 

·         Canadian Official Responds to Trump's Dairy Comments

… Canada has decided to impose import taxes on ultra-filtered milk, a protein liquid concentrate used to make cheese. It had been duty free but Canada changed course after milk producers there complained. About 70 dairy producers in both U.S. states are affected...

 

 

Trump wins support for possible WTO action on Canada dairy

Australia, NZ dairy industry leaders would back the move as Canada denies dairy policies cause losses for U.S. farmers

 

By Benjamin Weir & Charlotte Greenfield, Reuters

via Canadian Cattlemen - April 19, 2017

 

Reuters – Australia and New Zealand dairy industry leaders say they would support moves by the United States to draw the World Trade Organization into a trade dispute with Canada, after President Donald Trump said existing rules were unfair.

 

On a visit to the U.S. cheese-making state of Wisconsin on April 18, Trump said he would “stand up for our dairy farmers” adding that “in Canada some very unfair things have happened to our dairy farmers and others”.

 

The dairy industry in the European Union, which has two-thirds of Canada’s 20,412 tonne cheese import allocation, signed a letter last September along with Australian, New Zealand, U.S. and Mexican peers, demanding the start of a WTO dispute.

 

“We are usually not as aggressive about it as the Americans because, well they are next door and they have some more concrete issues with Canada than we do,” said Jukka Likitalo, secretary general of EU dairy trade association Eucolait.

 

“But it’s certainly one of the most protectionist countries in the world for dairy,” he added.

 

Canada’s dairy farmers and processors, including Saputo Inc and Parmalat Canada, struck an agreement in 2016 that industry groups elsewhere say would price domestic milk ingredients for cheese-making below cost, under-cutting their exports.

 

Canada denies that its dairy policies cause losses for U.S. dairy farmers.

 

Trump did not specify what parts of Canada’s tariff-protected dairy sector he wanted to change, nor what measures he would take to make it happen, but his remarks re-ignited calls for a complaint to the World Trade Organization...

 

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https://www.canadiancattlemen.ca/daily/trump-wins-support-for-possible-wto-action-on-canada-dairy

 

 

Canadian ambassador, in letter to U.S. governors, defends dairy policies as compliant with NAFTA

 

Source: Coalition for a Prosperous America

April 19, 2017

 

Following President Trump’s charge earlier this week that U.S. dairy farmers have suffered from “some very unfair things” in Canada, the country’s envoy to Washington, David MacNaughton, said U.S. claims are not based on fact -- and that Canada is living up to its international trade obligations.

 

[Jenny Leonard] April 17th, 2017 [Inside U.S. Trade]

 

“Canada does not accept the contention that Canada’s dairy policies are the cause of financial loss for dairy farmers in the United States. The facts do not bear this out,” MacNaughton wrote in an April 18 letter to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R).

 

The letter is a response to one that Cuomo and Walker sent to President Trump the same day alleging that Canada, in a “blatant violation” of international trade agreements, “unilaterally shut down a thriving market for U.S. ultra-filtered milk.”

 

The issue in question is Canada’s implementation of a national ingredient strategy -- and its Milk Class 7 -- that the U.S. industry, backed by elected officials, claims is disincentivizing Canadian dairy processors from using U.S. exports, specifically ultrafiltered milk that sometimes is referred to as diafiltered milk. The new pricing policy, the U.S. side argues, has caused U.S. dairy farmers significant losses and runs afoul of Ottawa’s NAFTA obligations...

 

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http://www.prosperousamerica.org/canadian_ambassador_in_letter_to_u_s_governors_defends_dairy_policies_as_compliant_with_nafta

 

 

Canadian Official Responds to Trump's Dairy Comments

 

USAgNet - 04/20/2017

 

Canada's ambassador to Washington said Tuesday night that President Donald Trump is wrong when he says Canada's trade practices in the dairy industry are "very unfair." Ambassador David MacNaughton said in a letter to the governors of Wisconsin and New York that Canada is aware of their letter to Trump asking him to address Canadian dairy practices.

 

"Canada does not accept the contention that Canada's dairy policies are the cause of financial loss for dairy farmers in the United States," MacNaughton said.

 

According to the Associated Press, MacNaughton said the facts don't bear that out and attached a U.S. Department of Agriculture dairy outlook report that "clearly indicates the poor results in the U.S. sector are due U.S. and global overproduction."

 

Trump spoke out against Canada on Tuesday in a way he's not done before, saying Canada has been "very, very unfair" to dairy farmers and "we're going to start working on that."

 

Canada has decided to impose import taxes on ultra-filtered milk, a protein liquid concentrate used to make cheese. It had been duty free but Canada changed course after milk producers there complained. About 70 dairy producers in both U.S. states are affected...

 

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