Tariff warning from USMEF over COOL

By Chloe Ryan

- Last updated on GMT

The COOL rule was introduced in 2009
The COOL rule was introduced in 2009

Related tags: International trade, Us, Beef, Lamb, Pork

Canada and Mexico could realistically impose retaliatory tariffs on the import of US meat, the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) has warned, depending on the outcome of a World Trade Organisation (WTO) ruling.

A decision is expected soon on Mexico and Canada’s challenge to US country-of-origin labelling (COOL) regulations for red meat, which the countries claim pose an unfair trade barrier by imposing additional costs. The COOL rule was introduced in 2009.

Chad Russell, regional director of USMEF for Mexico, Central America and the Dominican Republic, said a ruling against the US could give Canada and Mexico the green light to set their own tariffs on imports of some US products, including beef and pork.

There is a precedent for retaliatory tariffs, he said. "US pork was one of the products targeted in the NAFTA trucking dispute with Mexico in 2011, and even the moderate tariffs imposed at that time had an impact on US market share."

In 2014, US pork exports to Mexico were worth US$1.55 billion, and beef exports were worth US$1.17bn.

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