As WTO Announces Retaliation, Manufacturers Call on Congress to Repeal Country-of-Origin Labeling

Washington, D.C., December 7, 2015 – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Vice President of International Economic Affairs Linda Dempsey released the following statement after the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced retaliation levels relating to Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) for muscle cuts of beef and pork:

“In the face of years of congressional inaction, time has run out. The WTO announced today that manufacturers and other businesses in the United States will face more than $1 billion in authorized retaliation on U.S. exports to our two largest trading partners, Mexico and Canada. With retaliation expected by mid-December, Congress must act immediately to pass a repeal of the WTO-inconsistent COOL provisions and put the United States back into compliance with its international obligations.

“At a time of global economic weakness and fierce competition, manufacturers need policies that ensure a level playing field and enhance global opportunities, not ones that create new barriers for our exports. Repeal of these provisions is the only solution remaining that will protect U.S. manufacturing jobs.”

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