The U.S. Corn Coalition has retained the services of a private law firm to develop a brief that will be filed for the preliminary injury inquiry portion of the investigation into Canadian allegations of dumping and subsidizing of U.S. corn into the Canadian market.
The counsel will submit the brief Oct. 19 to the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, which will determine if the corn imports are harming Canadian corn producers. The Tribunal is expected to give its decision around Nov. 15.
The U.S. Corn Coalition consists of the National Corn Growers Association, the American Farm Bureau Federation, U.S. Grains Council and the Corn Refiners Association.
"It's important NCGA appropriately weigh in and defend the integrity of U.S. corn producers against the legal action taken by Canada's corn growers," says NCGA CEO Rick Tolman.
The Ontario Corn Producers' Association, the Federation des producteurs de cultures commerciales du Quebec and the Manitoba Corn Growers Association Inc. filed a complaint Sept. 16 with the Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA). The associations allege dumping and subsidizing of grain corn in all forms from the United States is harming Canadian corn producers.
However, Canadian imports of U.S. corn are down over the past two years. Average corn imports from the United States between 2000 and 2003 were approximately 140 million bushels per year, dropping to 85 million bushels during the past two years. The forecast for next year is 103 million bushels.
"We feel confident our coalition will be providing a submission that includes an economic analysis that accurately addresses these allegations of unfair trading practices in a very succinct manner," says June Silverberg, NCGA director of public policy.