US slaps Canada with trade complaint over wine exports
The United States and Canada found themselves on a trade row over wine exports, after the former slapped the latter with a trade complaint on certain unfair regulations.
A report on Agence France-Presse showed that Washington is now complaining about how Canada’s unfair regulations is impeding the sale of American wine in the country.
US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in the report that British Columbia applies “discriminatory” and “unacceptable” regulations wherein it excludes all imported wine from grocery store shelves, only allowing it to be sold in a separate “store within a store” structure.
British Columbia is located in western Canada
“Canada is an important market for US winemakers,” Lighthizer said in a statement.
“The practice of discriminating against US wine is unfair and cannot be tolerated any longer,” he added.
The trade complaint was filed and submitted to World Trade Organization.