The first round in
The next step is for the Canada Border Services Agency to hold hearings-- which will be conducted in December. That could lead to duties on some American corn imports. More formal hearings would then follow in March.
But not all Canadians are happy with these developments.
The reasons for the Tribunal's decision so far remain unclear, a report is expected any day. "We look forward to reading CITT's rationale, but it will not prevent our efforts to secure a commonsense solution,” says . Clare Schlegel, with
AICU is stepping up its information campaign all levels of Canadian government. It is urging the government to delay the Preliminary Determination to
"Proceeding in this case will have serious adverse effects on corn users, and will backfire on corn growers," contents John Masswohl, representing AICU. The coalition represents more than 100,000 Canadian livestock producers.
Meanwhile, in the states, the National Corn Growers Association membership is naturally disappointment in CITT’s preliminary ruling.
“We believe the Canadian corn producers have no justification for taking this to court. We’re hopeful this can be settled without litigation,” says Rick Tolman, NCGA’s chief executive officer.