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MOLSON BREWERIES U.S.A. RESPONDS TO USTR ANNOUNCEMENT ON U.S. CANADIAN BEER IMPORTS

 MOLSON BREWERIES U.S.A. RESPONDS TO USTR ANNOUNCEMENT
 ON U.S. CANADIAN BEER IMPORTS
 RESTON, Va., Dec. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- John R. Barnett, president and chief executive officer of Molson Breweries U.S.A., Inc., Reston, issued the following statement today in response to an announcement on Friday, Dec. 27, by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) on a dispute between Canada and the United States involving beer trade practices:
 I am pleased that the U.S. government has decided not to impose unilateral trade sanctions against Canadian beer exports to the United States at this time.
 This is good news for Molson Breweries U.S.A., our distributors, our retail customers and our American consumers. We are the largest importer of Canadian beer into the United States, and we are pleased that we will continue to be able to import our Canadian brands without the imposition of increased duties.
 The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced on Friday that it will wait until April 10, 1992, to decide whether or not to take any action against Canadian beer exports to the United States.
 The announcement shows that the U.S. government has wisely decided not to act on its own, but rather to adhere to the dispute settlement process established under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), which governs the world's trading system.
 The GATT Council is scheduled to adopt a Panel Report in February 1992 outlining inconsistencies in Canada's current trade practices. That Panel was requested by the United States. Canada has already said it will accept the findings and recommendations of the Panel Report and will set forth a plan to phase out these inconsistencies between March and July 1992.
 The Canadian government is currently engaged in intensive discussions with the provincial governments, which have the constitutional jurisdiction over many of the issues raised by the GATT Panel Report.
 The Canadian government is committed to bringing Canadian beer marketing and distribution practices into conformity with Canada's obligations under the GATT. Clearly, some changes in Canadian practices will be required, but it is important that these changes take place in a smooth and orderly fashion.
 I should also remind you that a second GATT Panel, requested by Canada, is currently investigating complaints about discriminatory U.S. federal and state beer taxation, marketing and distribution practices. This second Panel Report is due in late January. The Canadian government will work within the GATT process to help resolve the issues that will be raised in this second Panel Report.
 In the meantime, Molson Breweries U.S.A. looks forward to continuing to supply its distributors, retail customers and the beer drinkers of America with a quality selection of Canadian beers at competitive prices. This past year has been a highly successful one for us. We look forward to continued growth and success in the new year.
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 /CONTACT: Stephen M. Johnson, vice president, corporate and public affairs, Molson Breweries U.S.A. Inc., 703-709-6600/ CO: Molson Breweries U.S.A. Inc. ST: Virginia IN: FOD SU:


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