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NFTC Urges Senate to Act on Legislation Reforming COOL Requirements
Date: 6/17/2015
Written By: Jennifer Cummings, The Fratelli Group for NFTC, (202) 822-9491

Washington DC – National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) President Bill Reinsch issued the following statement today following the news that the World Trade Organization (WTO) has referred the country-of-origin labeling (COOL) dispute between the United States and Canada to arbitration.

“Today’s referral of the COOL dispute between the United States and Canada to arbitration further emphasizes the need for swift action in the Senate to reform the U.S. COOL requirements by taking up the House-passed Country of Origin Labeling Amendments Act of 2015 (H.R. 2393).

“The retaliatory measures Canada is seeking, nearly $2.5 billion, would have a detrimental economic impact on U.S. businesses across a variety of sectors – from manufacturing to agriculture – and Mexico is not far behind, with their request expected later this month.

“It is now more important than ever for the United States to show its commitment to the multilateral trading system and the WTO by bringing COOL requirements into compliance with our treaty obligations.”

The NFTC is a member of the COOL Reform Coalition, which advocates for U.S. compliance with WTO obligations.

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