The Canadian International Trade Tribunal has ruled that imports of unprocessed U.S. corn are not causing injury or threatening to cause injury to the Canadian corn industry.

The decision, which is effective immediately, eliminates the provisional $1.65/bushel tariff on unprocessed corn from the U.S. The Canada Border Services Agency originally set this duty in December. As a result provisional countervail, antidumping duties imposed in December will end and those already collected will be refunded.

Both the Canadian livestock industry and the U.S. Corn Coalition hailed the ruling. Canadian livestock producers use unprocessed corn for feed and claim the tariff would increase production costs.

The grain also is used by distilleries and for ethanol production. Canadians feared it would negatively affect the growing ethanol industry and potentially push some planned plants to the United States.

The Canadian corn industry is mulling its options in the wake of the CITT decision.

Reuters, U.S. Corn Coalition