Federal::Country of Origin Labelling

March 2016 ::International Trade

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) has finalized the rule repealing country of origin labeling rules (COOL) for certain muscle cuts of meat. The repeal, as authorized by the 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, will allow the the US to avoid costly tariffs places on goods, including wine, exported into Canada and Mexico.  

December 2015 - January 2016 ::Fiscal Year 2016 Omnibus Appropriations Bill: COOL Repeal

Congress wrapped up their work for 2015 with the passage of the Fiscal Year 2016 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, sending it to the President’s desk for final signature. The bill fully funds the federal government until September 30, 2016. The bi-partisan agreement features several provisions relevant to the American wine industry. The bill repeals the mandatory [...]

September 2015 ::COOL Update

There are new developments on the ongoing Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) dispute between the United States and Canada and Mexico. If the COOL rules for certain cuts of meat are not full repealed by the Senate, the United States faces steep retaliatory tariffs from Canada and Mexico on goods exported into each country. Wine [...]

August 2015 ::Country of Origin Labeling

With the August congressional recess rapidly approaching, there is finally some movement on the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) dispute. Last month, the House of Representatives passed a bi-partisan bill repealing the COOL requirements, last week two Senate proposals were put forward to attempt to remedy the COOL issue. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), the Chair [...]

July 2015 ::Country of Origin Labelling

There has been a flurry of activity on the Country of Origin labelling dispute, which is reaching its endgame. The House has passed a full repeal, and the Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing outlining the damage retaliatory tariffs will have on U.S. goods, including wine. The Senate must act by the end of July [...]