01.04.22

Chairwoman Stabenow Celebrates Landmark USMCA Dispute Settlement In Favor of American Dairy Farmers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow of Michigan welcomed news of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Dispute Settlement Panel landmark decision that Canada improperly restricted access to its market for U.S. dairy products in violation of its USMCA tariff-rate quota commitments.

“This is a win for American dairy farmers who just want a fair shake at the market,” said Chairwoman Stabenow. “I look forward to Canada honoring our agreement so our dairy industry has access to Canadian market opportunities as promised.”

During USMCA negotiations, Chairwoman Stabenow led efforts to secure strong enforcement tools that allowed this panel to be established. Chairwoman Stabenow and a group of Senators pressed USTR in August 2021 to use the enforcement mechanisms she secured through USMCA to hold Canada and Mexico accountable for the commitments they made on dairy issues as a part of the trade pact. 

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