WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States opened a new chapter Wednesday in the e book of trade tensions with Canada, formally complaining that U.S. dairy producers are remaining unfairly shut out of markets north of the border.
An anodyne-sounding “request for consultations” is in fact the first phase in what could be the 1st full-blown trade dispute among the two international locations since the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement took influence in July.
At its core is how Canada has dispersed its tariff-price quotas — the quantities of specific dairy products like milks, cheeses, powders, yogurt and even ice cream — that can be imported at decreased duty ranges.
U.S. trade officials and dairy sector advocates say a big share of individuals quotas have been allocated to processors rather than producers, effectively denying U.S. farmers their fair share of the offer-managed Canadian sector.
“Canada’s measures violate its commitments and hurt U.S. dairy farmers