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DSB authorizes Brazil sanctions over US cotton
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Nov '09
At its meeting on 19 November 2009, the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) granted authorization to Brazil to impose countermeasures against the US in the “cotton” case (DS267), and established a single panel to examine complaints by Canada(DS384) and Mexico (DS386) on the US country of origin labelling(COOL), and a panel to examine the US complaint on EC measures on imports of poultry meat (DS389).

US — Subsidies on Upland Cotton: authorization to impose countermeasures.
Brazil recalled that in July and October 2005, it had requested the authorization to take countermeasures in response to the US' failure to comply with the DSB's recommendations and rulings in this dispute and that as a result of the US' objection, the matter was referred to arbitration.

The Arbitrator's Decisions were circulated on 31 August 2009 and Brazil accordingly submitted requests to the DSB to authorize the suspension of concessions or other obligations (WT/DS267/41 and WT/DS267/42). The US reiterated its intention to comply with the DSB's recommendations and rulings and therefore did not believe that it would be necessary for Brazil to exercise that authorization.

The US added that Click here for more details.

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