Wine dispute

The U.S. government says Canada is engaging in unfair trade practices by limiting access to American wine in grocery stores. It has asked the World Trade Organization to set up a panel to help resolve the dispute.

While the U.S. objects to “discriminatory” policies in a number of provinces, including Ontario and Quebec, the most recent action specifically targets British Columbia, which in 2015 began allowing grocery stores to sell win and liquor, but excluded US and other imported wine.

The U.S. announcement claims the policy gives an unfair competitive advantage to B.C. wine. “These regulations appear to breach Canada's WTO commitments and have adversely affected U.S. wine producers,“ the U.S. statement says.

Photo: Bruno Cantuária

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