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NMPF, World Dairy Organizations Challenge Canadian Pricing Policy with Letter to Respective Trade Reps

October 6, 2016

As Canada continues to move toward instituting a national program designed to discourage U.S. dairy imports and help dump excess Canadian skim solids into global markets, NMPF has been working with others to gain international focus on the issue. NMPF, the U.S. Dairy Export Council and the International Dairy Foods Association joined with the dairy industries from Australia, the European Union, Mexico and New Zealand to collectively urge their respective governments to pursue a World Trade Organization (WTO) case against Canada as soon as further details emerge regarding its proposed national ingredients program.

Additional activities also helped shine a brighter spotlight on this concern. A New York delegation letter to President Obama urged decisive action to address the issue. The same week, numerous companies wrote to the governors of Michigan, New York and Wisconsin to highlight concerns with Canada’s proposed program and the existing Ontario pricing policy that has already caused U.S. exports to drop. The companies urged the governors to exercise all available tools to reinforce the gravity of the concerns over these policies to Canada.

NMPF will continue to aggressively champion a resolution to Canada’s trade-violating actions that are designed to directly undermine market access for U.S. products into the Canadian market.