Congressman Tom Reed: Canada Violated The Dairy Trade Deal

March 31, 2022

During his weekly press call yesterday, Congressman Tom Reed discussed the Ways and Means Committee hearing with U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai and their discussion on holding Canada accountable under the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA).

“We were grateful to have the opportunity to share with Representative Tai our concerns over Canada’s inadequate response to their violations of the USMCA. We care about our New York dairy farmers and want to ensure that they are on an even playing field that opens the Canadian market to their products,” Reed said. “We must send a clear message that when America enters a trade agreement, it is not just a piece of paper, that we will enforce these agreements and hold Canada accountable.”

In January, A USMCA panel agreed with the United States that Canada is breaching its USMCA commitments by reserving most of the in-quota quantity in its dairy tariff-rate quotas (TRQs) for the exclusive use of Canadian processors.

Earlier this month, Canada announced changes to the Dairy Tariff Rate Quota that have been regarded by many as inadequate and a continued lack of adherence to the intent and spirit of the USMCA Dairy Provisions.

Tom Reed’s full exchange with U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai can be found here.