Potential Swiss ban of U.S. beef concerns U.S. industry.
In 1996, United States and Canada jointly filed a successful complaint with the WTO regarding the EU's ban on hormone beef. After winning the case, the two countries were granted authorization to impose retaliatory sanctions against the EU in for form of increased tariffs for a selected list of products in the amount of US$116.8 million and C$11.3 million, respectively. Those sanctions have been in place since July 1999.
More recently the EU brought a new WTO case against the United States alleging that it is now in compliance on the beef hormone issue and that U.S. retaliatory tariffs against EU products is no longer valid on procedural grounds. The WTO Dispute Settlement Panel called for a panel of scientific experts to review the science behind this claim. According to the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, "The formation of this panel indicates the panel's concern that the EU has no new scientific justification to make this claim." A ruling on the EU's complaint is due to be issued by the WTO panel this month.
NCBA says the EU this year could become the second largest beef importer in the world.
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|Publication:||Food & Drink Weekly|
|Date:||Oct 23, 2006|
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