Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

The US can't have its WTO and disregard it too

The US can't have its WTO and disregard it too

He further called Canada's accusations "unfounded" and said that they "could only lower USA confidence" that its neighbor is committed to mutually beneficial trade.

Lighthizer questioned why Canada filed so many complaints that included other countries.

Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland indicated that the step was a necessary response to the earlier softwood lumber dispute, though, the document attacks the entire United States system, not just the decisions on softwood lumber.

Anti-dumping and countervailing duties - punitive tariffs to restrict imports that are unfairly priced or subsidised in order to beat the competition - are a core component of Washington's trade arsenal, and frequently used to defend US interests.

"For decades, the Canadian lumber industry has been subject to unfair and unwarranted duties imposed by the U.S. Department of Commerce, and has filed appeals under the NAFTA and WTO agreements", said Susan Yurkovich, president of the BC Lumber Trade Council.

Under WTO rules, the United States has 60 days to try to settle the complaint, or Canada, which sends 75 per cent of its goods exports to the United States, could ask the WTO to adjudicate. This goes for trade negotiations with China, with Comprehensive Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership parties, and with the United States.

He blasted Canada's move as a self-defeating one that will harm the interests of its own workers and businesses. Trying to get as much as possible from the process by using all political and legal means available is simply part of the process.

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However, he explained that US President Donald Trump's administration "dislikes" the WTO's dispute-settlement body and believes that countries rely on it "inappropriately to achieve results they can't achieve through negotiations".

On Dec. 20, 2017 Canada filed a WTO complaint against the United States concerning its trade practices that Canada says violate worldwide trade law.

With its WTO filing, Canada is forcing the United States to put its logic to the test. "Canada's forestry sector is following the rules and we're confident that we will prevail-again-in global tribunals".

We'll see if other countries decide to join Canada in stepping forward to complain about USA trade practices.

Canada said USA procedures broke the WTO's Anti-Dumping Agreement, the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, and the Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes.

There have been similar trade disputes between the two countries over lumber and dairy.

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