USTR - Joint Statement By U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman and Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns Regarding Canada’s Preliminary Decision on U.S. Corn Imports
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Joint Statement By U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman and Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns Regarding Canada’s Preliminary Decision on U.S. Corn Imports
11/16/2005

"The United States is disappointed by Canada’s finding that there is enough evidence to move forward with a full investigation of whether its corn growers are being hurt by imports of unprocessed U.S. grain corn. We believe that U.S. corn exports pose no threat to Canadian corn growers, and we will continue to argue our case with the Canadian investigative agencies and defend the interests of U.S. corn producers and exporters.

"In fact, imports of U.S. corn into Canada are down over the past two years. While Canada’s corn production has increased, its domestic corn demand still cannot be met through domestic production alone. Twenty Canadian corn user groups have expressed their opposition to this case moving forward.

"The United States is pleased, however, that Canada has decided to terminate the investigation with regard to processed corn products, such as corn flour and corn meal."

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