Alexandra, Virginia --The International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) says that Canada has decided to impose a 100% tariff on imports of mattresses from the US. This is in retaliation for a dispute over the trade in cuts of meat. Mexico, which the WTO says would be entitled to impose tariffs has not made its position clear at the moment, ISPA said.
The dispute centres on the US' Country of origin Labelling (COOL) requirements for cuts of meat. ISPA has joined the COOL alliance, which it said, has persuaded the US House of representatives to repeal the COOL rules.
ISPA is now lobbying the Senate to repeal the COOL rules and solve the problem.
ISPA said that there is a pre-written letter on the COOLreform website which can be sent to senators that urges them to change legislation to protect mattress exports to Canada and Mexico. It is important to persuade the Senate to act quickly, said ISPA, because the tariffs could come into force later in the year if not stopped now.