U.S. delays decision on new wheat tariffs

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REGINA, Sask. – The U.S. Trade Representative has delayed a decision on whether or not to put a $50-per tonne tariff on Canadian wheat exports to the U.S.

The decision was to be issued Jan. 22, but the announcement was then slated to take place Feb. 15 instead.

The possible tariff stems from a complaint by the North Dakota Wheat Growers Commission against the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB). The tariff would apply to durum exports of more than 300,000 tonnes annually and for other wheats, it would kick in at 500,000 tonnes. CWB spokesman, Justin Kohlman, tells local media, “It would be nice to have it over with, but we’re just as confident now as we were this time last week.”

U.S. wheat groups complain unfair trading practices by CWB have cost American wheat growers $500 million a year in lost revenue over the past five years. The CWB, on the other hand, says its wheat sales to the U.S. reflect good quality and service, and adds American complaints are unjustified.

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