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'Canada's WTO complaint against USA could scuttle NAFTA'

14 January 2018

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer called Canada's action an "ill-advised attack on the U.S. trade remedies system".

Though Canada certainly has plenty of domestic interest in pushing against the trade policies of its southern neighbor, its filing is about more than its own trade disputes. "As such, BC Lumber Trade Council fully supports the Government of Canada's efforts to have the WTO review these trade practices". And yesterday, a day after the paper tariffs were announced, a complaint against the us that the Canadians had lodged with the World Trade Organization was made public. He explained, "Even if Canada succeeded on these groundless claims, other countries would primarily benefit, not Canada".

The 32-page complaint challenges Washington's use of anti-dumping and countervailing duties, arguing it goes against WTO rules.

"These rates tabled lby the US on uncoated groundwood paper represent the third action that stands to hurt hard working men and women in our mill communities across Canada", says Derek Nighbor, CEO, Forest Products Association of Canada.

If the United States decides to continue recognizing the WTO's dispute-settlement mechanism to decide on the fairness of USA trade remedies, then a decision in Canada's favour would support Canada's claim that the US system is biased, making it easier to argue in favour of keeping chapter 19. Missing from Lighthizer's statement, naturally, was any mention of how the administration he works for has lowered confidence in the U.S.'s commitment to mutually beneficial trade. The Canadian government is preparing for the possibility that Trump will withdraw from NAFTA, senior officials say, though they aren't entirely convinced that he will.

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The confusion over Canadian expectations comes ahead of the next round of negotiations, scheduled to be held in Montreal Jan. 23-28. It follows a series of similar penalties as the United States alleges unfair trade practices by Canada in the form of softwood lumber and Bombardier subsidies.

A massive question is left unanswered: why did Canada file this request at the WTO while the NAFTA renegotiations are underway (and nothing short of arduous)?

Publication of the complaint came just hours after the U.S. Commerce Department placed preliminary duties on Canadian exports of uncoated groundwood paper, which is used to manufacture newspapers, soft-cover books and phone directories. The U.S. imports about $1.6 billion a year in Canadian newsprint.

Kevin Dietsch/SIPA/NewscomAmerica's trading relationship with its northern neighbor continues to deteriorate as the USA and Canada butt heads over the Trump administration's protectionism. "It's the same horror show over and over".

'Canada's WTO complaint against USA could scuttle NAFTA'