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Abstinence and the Single Desk: Canada – US Wheat Trade Relations in a post-CWB World


  • Rude, James


The elimination of the single-desk monopsony/monopoly granted to the Canadian Wheat Board for western Canadian milling wheat acquisitions and sales will have ramifications for Canadian-U.S. trade relations. This article speculates on the volume of future north/south wheat trade flows. Given this perspective on trade prospects, an examination of the history of Canada-U.S. wheat trade disputes is considered. Historical experience is then used to gauge the potential for future trade remedy actions. The prospects for future contingent protection measures – antidumping and countervailing duties – are then considered, and possible steps for policy makers, farmers, and agribusinesses are presented.

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  • Rude, James, 2012. "Abstinence and the Single Desk: Canada – US Wheat Trade Relations in a post-CWB World," Estey Centre Journal of International Law and Trade Policy, Estey Centre for Law and Economics in International Trade, vol. 13(2).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:ecjilt:129842

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    1. Richard Gray, 1997. "Third-Country Effects and Second-Best Grain Trade Policies: Export Subsidies and Bilateral Liberalization," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 79(4), pages 1300-1310.
    2. Bruce A. Blonigen, 2006. "Evolving discretionary practices of U.S. antidumping activity," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 39(3), pages 874-900, August.
    3. James Rude & Jean-Philippe Gervais, 2009. "Biases in Calculating Dumping Margins: The Case of Cyclical Products," Review of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 31(1), pages 122-142.
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