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Notice of intention to join the proceedings as a third Party – Mexican measures concerning genetically engineered corn

August 25, 2023

Daniel Watson
Assistant USTR for the Western Hemisphere
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

Daniel Alberto García Martínez
Director General, North American Affairs
Mexican Secretariat of Economy

c/o Vidya Desai
USMCA Secretariat, U.S. Section
Room 2061
1401 Constitution Avenue N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20230
Telephone No.: 202-482-5438
Fax No.: 202-482-0148

c/o  Karla Magdalena Rosas Vázquez
TMEC Secretariat, Mexican Section
Pachuca No. 189, 12th floor
Colonia Condesa, Demarcación Territorial Cuauhtémoc
C.P. 06140, Mexico City
Telephone No.: +52 55 57 29 91 00 Ext. 15011

Pursuant to Article 31.14 of the Agreement between Canada, the United States of America (United States) and the United Mexican States (Mexico) (CUSMA), the Government of Canada hereby gives notice of its intention to participate as a third Party in the panel proceedings initiated by the United States on August 17, 2023 with regards to certain Mexican measures concerning genetically engineered corn.

There is considerable agricultural trade within the three CUSMA Parties – Canada is a major producer and exporter of agricultural products, including those that are products of biotechnology, to the United States and Mexico. Canada has a strong systemic interest in ensuring the correct interpretation of the sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) obligations of CUSMA, namely that SPS measures are based on scientific principles, relevant international standards, guidelines and recommendations, or appropriate risk assessments. Canada also maintains that SPS measures shall not be more trade restrictive than required to achieve a Party’s appropriate level of protection and shall be applied only to the extent necessary to protect human, animal, or plant life or health. 

Aaron Fowler

Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Trade Policy and Negotiations, Global Affairs Canada
Government of Canada

c.c.  Jennifer Hopkins, Secretary
CUSMA Secretariat, Canadian Section

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