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Challenging US Country of Origin Labelling at the World Trade Organization: The Law, The Issues and The Evidence


  • Sawka, Alison L.
  • Kerr, William A.


Canada and Mexico are formally challenging US country of origin (COOL) legislation at the World Trade Organization. The industries most affected by COOL are beef and pork. The effect of COOL on North American cross border supply chains is outlined. The areas of international trade law upon which a challenge could be mounted are explained and the key issues that a disputes panel would have to determine indicated. The nature of the evidence that may be required to bolster Canada’s case is outlined.

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  • Sawka, Alison L. & Kerr, William A., 2010. "Challenging US Country of Origin Labelling at the World Trade Organization: The Law, The Issues and The Evidence," Commissioned Papers 95806, Canadian Agricultural Trade Policy Research Network.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:catpcp:95806

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    1. Amani Elobeid & Simla Tokgoz, 2006. "Removal of U.S. Ethanol Domestic and Trade Distortions: Impact on U.S. and Brazilian Ethanol Markets," Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) Publications 06-wp427, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) at Iowa State University.
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    1. Nakuja, Tekuni & Akhand, M. & Hobbs, Jill E. & Kerr, William A., 2011. "The New Food Safety Regime in the US: How Will it Affect Canadian Competitiveness," Commissioned Papers 116847, Canadian Agricultural Trade Policy Research Network.


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