Canada files trade complaint against US to WTO

11/01/2018 12:00 - 233 total view

Canada has launched a wide-ranging trade complaint against the United States over the US anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on Canadian exports, according to Canada's WTO filing released Wednesday. 

Canada said US broke the WTO's Anti-Dumping Agreement, the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and the Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes. 

Canada cited almost 200 examples of alleged US wrongdoing, almost all of them concerning other trading partners, including India, Brazil and the European Union. 

The 32-page complaint homed in on technical details of the US trade rulebook, ranging from the US treatment of export controls to the use of retroactive duties and split decisions by the six-member US International Trade Commission. 

The US anti-dumping and countervailing duties are punitive tariffs to restrict imports that are unfairly priced or subsidised to beat the competition. 

Such tariffs are allowed under WTO rules but they are subject to strict conditions. 

The United States has upset Canada by slapping punitive tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber exports, leading to a challenge by Canada at the WTO and the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Source: Xinhua