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Canada launches trade dispute with U.S. through World Trade Organization

Canada launches trade dispute with U.S. through World Trade Organization
From CBC - January 10, 2018

Canada has launched a wide-ranging trade dispute against the United States, challenging Washington's use of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties, according to a World Trade Organizaiton filingdated Dec. 20 and published Wednesday.

Canada appeared to be mounting a case on behalf of the rest of the world, since it cited almost 200 examples of alleged U.S. wrongdoing, almost all of them concerning other trading partners, such as China, India, Brazil and the European Union.

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

Canada said U.S. procedures broke the WTO'sAnti-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.

Anti-dumping and countervailing dutiespunitive tariffs to restrict imports that are unfairly priced or subsidised in order to beat the competition are a core component of Washington's trade arsenal, and frequently used to defend U.S. interests.

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