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Amid brewing trade war, U.S. enters a battle over wine sales in Canada

Joe Mont | May 31, 2018

Amid tariffs and retaliation, the United States has added wine sales in Canada to its list of international trade battles.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced this week that the Trump administration has requested that the World Trade Organization establish a dispute settlement panel “to examine unfair regulations governing the sale of wine in grocery stores in the Canadian province of British Columbia.”

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is challenging BC regulations that it says discriminate against U.S. and other imported wine by allowing only British Columbian wine to be sold on regular grocery store shelves.

“Canada is an important market for U.S. winemakers,” Lighthizer said. “Discriminatory regulations implemented by BC are unfairly keeping U.S....

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