Business and commercial: Tariffs and hot dog toppings

The tariff war between Canada and the United States is not being very complimentary to condiments. When it comes to business and commercial decisions, Canada's mustard seed farmers are breathing a collective sigh of relief. Canada has decided to drop mustard seed from its list of items on its retaliatory tariffs list, but ketchup, its cousin, is still on that list.

Canada is one of the world's largest producers of mustard seed. Several groups lobbied Ottawa to have tariffs on some products removed, and while some things -- like boats, ketchup and even dishwashers -- remain on the list, mustard does not. Farmers were worried that a mustard tariff would have lowered export prices for the seed to its largest importer, the United States. It was also concerned the U.S. might have slapped tariffs on Canadian mustard seed.

About $120 million worth of Canadian mustard seed was sold last year -- more than half earmarked for the U.S. The top-selling processed mustard product is made in the U.S. with Canadian-grown mustard seed. The finished product is then imported by Canada. The nation's second best selling processed mustard is made in France with 60 percent of mustard seeds grown in Canada.

Business and commercial endeavors in Canada can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. A lawyer might be able to enlighten an interested client who is thinking about further investigating this realm. Whether someone is looking into starting a business or investing in a particular venture, a lawyer experienced in business and commercial law may be able to provide legal information and advice on things like prospective deals or start-ups.

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