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Canadian dairy scores win in trade dispute

The Canadian government is celebrating a victory in its dispute with the United States over access to Canada’s dairy market.

International Trade Minister Mary Ng and the minister of Agriculture and Agri-food, Lawrence MacAulay, issued a joint statement following the November 24 release of a dispute settlement panel report regarding Canada’s administration of its dairy tariff rate quotas under the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA). “Canada is very pleased with the dispute settlement panel’s findings, with all outcomes clearly in favour of Canada,” they said. “This is good news for Canada’s dairy industry and our system of supply management.”

The announcement followed the United States’ request for a dispute-settlement panel on January 31, 2023, to investigate complaints that Canada is unfairly favouring processors over producers. This was the second panel to be convened in three years. (SR)

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