CETA Cheese Quotas Under Formal Review After EU Complaints

July 19, 2019

A formal review of cheese quotas under Canada’s trade deal with the European Union is quietly underway amid concerns that Europe’s cheese makers are getting short shrift.

The EU invoked a review clause in the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) in April, citing longstanding concerns, according to documents obtained by the National Post. As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with top EU officials in Montreal Thursday, one expert with knowledge of the trade irritant predicts it “will not be a happy visit.”

Concerns about “the administration of the cheese quota opened under the CETA” have persisted for several years, according to an April 17 letter to Canadian officials from the European co-chair of the CETA Committee on Agriculture, Jean-Marc Trarieux. The missive sought “possible changes” to the quota system “to address EU concerns.”

Canadian importers are complaining, too. The International Cheese Council of Canada (ICCC) made a 49-page submission to GAC at the end of June that accused the government of playing politics. “Canada cannot administer Cheese (tariff rate quotas) as if they were simply domestic programs or compensation schemes, and ignore its international obligations.”

This was excerpted from 17 July 2019 edition of the National Post.

Source: CSCB; National Post


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