Tag: John Masswohl

U.S. and Canadian beef groups still clamouring for TPP

Even though NAFTA negotiations are underway, TPP is still vitally important if Canada and the US want to expand exports.  President Trump removed the United States from TPP shortly after his inaugaration, which has caused some of the remaining eleven TPP countries to do some soul searching. Canada has been searching for its own identity… Read more »

“This is why you play the games” — John Masswohl on the start of NAFTA talks

Trade and market access are always major topics at cattle industry meetings, but with the renegotiation of NAFTA becoming reality, there was a little extra emphasis on the politics of trade this week at the Canadian Beef Industry Conference in Calgary. If there were any questions about how unified cattle producer groups from Canada, the… Read more »

Japan to increase tariff on frozen beef imports from Canada and the United States to 50%

Starting August 1, 2017, Japan has triggered a safeguard to increase the tariff on its frozen beef imports from countries that it does not have a free trade agreement with.  Increasing the tariff on frozen beef imports from 38.5% to 50% will impact Canada and the United States and not Australia, Chile and Mexico who… Read more »

John Masswohl Discusses NCBA Trilateral Meeting on NAFTA

It is no secret that this is a big week at NCBA in Nashville for the Canadian, U.S., and Mexican beef industry. Trade is on tap in every meeting or side conversation throughout the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center. Wednesday morning, February 1, officials and invited guests from all three countries gathered for the annual NCBA trilateral… Read more »

With TPP In Trouble, Is a Bilateral Deal With Japan Possible?

President-elect Donald Trump says he plans to spend part of his first day in the Oval Office issuing a notification of intent to withdraw the U.S. from the “potential disaster” that is the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Trump has spoken in favour of bilateral deals, and possibly got a jump on one with Japan by meeting Prime… Read more »

A Memo Threatens to Revive COOL But John Masswohl Says There Are Other Motives

This past week it was reported by the Globe and Mail and others that CNN had uncovered a very secret internal memo from the Donald Trump transition team.  The memo disclosed that a suggested tactic in the NAFTA renegotiation would be to reinstate Country of Origin Labelling (COOL). Don’t Miss: Shaun on RFD-TV this week… Read more »

COOL Repeal Included in U.S. Funding Bill

Update Dec 18, 2015: Both the U.S. House and Senate voted in favour of the legislation, including the text to repeal COOL, on Friday. The bill now heads to the White House for President Obama’s approval. With retaliation from Canada and Mexico looming, the U.S. government took a step late Tuesday toward repealing its mandatory country… Read more »

U.S. Makes Final Argument for COOL at WTO, and Korea Suspends Canadian Beef Imports — Beef Update With John Masswohl

Officials from Canada, Mexico and the U.S. were in Geneva this week for World Trade Organization appeal hearings on U.S. country of origin labelling (COOL) law. In the podcast below, John Masswohl of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and Kelvin Heppner discuss what happens next in the dragged-out COOL dispute resolution process, including when Canada could be in… Read more »

Update: Korea Suspends Imports of Canadian Beef, New BSE Case Could Delay Move to “Negligible Risk” Status

Update — Sunday, February 15th: The CFIA says South Korea has suspended imports of Canadian beef, pending further information on the confirmed BSE find. Almost 12 years after the first discovery of BSE in a domestic cow, headlines containing the acronym for the fatal neurological disease in cattle still touch a nerve among Canadian cattle producers. Many… Read more »

WTO Ruling on mCOOL Kept Confidential: A Trade Update from CCA’s John Masswohl

The World Trade Organization’s (WTO) compliance panel has issued a preliminary ruling on the complaint sent forward by Canada and Mexico on the United States’ Country of Origin Labelling rules. The ruling, sent to all three countries, remains confidential. “In the past, these confidential rulings have been leaked, so they’re usually pretty poorly kept secrets, but this… Read more »

John Masswohl: Why CCA is Helping Sue the US government Over Mandatory COOL

As everyone is hearing from the news this morning regarding the lawsuit against the US Government for the possible unconstitutional components of COOL, this is very much apart of a multi pronged attack against the legislation. Who better to talk to an hour after the launch of the legal battle than John Masswohl, Canadian Cattlemans… Read more »

John Masswohl on Expanding Canadian Beef to the EU and Korea Soon

Many Canadian cattle people have been urging CCA and the Canadian cattle industry to try and focus more on developing other markets than just the United States. With issues like mandatory COOL in place in the Unites States, other trade partners are needed so that the Canadian beef industry is not just a one trick… Read more »

How Do We Make the U.S. Care about COOL? More with John Masswohl

It’s tough being a small fish in a big pond. In this case, Canada’s beef industry is that minnow in the giant ocean that is the U.S. beef industry. Or perhaps that’s not fair — it would seem the big hiccup with the entire mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) fiasco is that, according to… Read more »

Canadian Beef Trade Relations Lightning Round – John Masswohl

The current beef-trade relationship between the U.S. and Canada is the best it’s been in a long time. That’s good. We do a lot of business with the U.S. and from a geographical perspective, there is a “convenience factor” that will always keep that relationship somewhat open no matter the issue. However, even with that… Read more »

John Masswohl Discusses Future of COOL

The World Trade Organization’s ruling on the country of origin labelling (COOL) legislation brought some small sense of victory to the Canadian beef industry. The excitement over that victory was short-lived however as producers realized that any tangible results stemming from that ruling would be a long way off. The potential for an appeal by… Read more »