First Lumber, Now Wine
Prince George, B.C.- One of the final actions by the Obama Administration in the United States is a new trade action levelled against Canada over B.C.’s policy that allows the sale of wine at grocery stores.
The action, filed with the World Trade Organization, says the policy, which only allows B.C. wines to be sold in grocery stores “discriminate against the sale of U.S. wine in grocery stores” and that the B.C. regulations ” breach Canada’s WTO commitments and have adversely impacted U.S. wine producers.”
The action says by excluding all imported wines from grocery store shelves “limit sales opportunities for U.S. wine producers and provide a substantial competitive advantage for BC wine.”
“American winemakers have found increasing success in export markets like Canada,” said Acting Agriculture Secretary Michael Scuse in a release from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. “However, we could be doing even better. In British Columbia the local wines get an unfair advantage because they can be sold on grocery store shelves, while U.S. wines cannot. The United States simply seeks equal opportunities to market our wines, consistent with Canada’s international obligations.”