US cotton programs not WTO-compliant

The WTO has once again ruled in favor of the Brazilian complaint against US cotton subsidies, finding that US reforms have not brought its subsidies into compliance with previous WTO dispute settlement panel decisions.

15.2 (pdf): “The Panel considers that to the extent that the measures taken by the United States to comply with the recommendations and rulings adopted by the DSB in the original proceeding are inconsistent with the obligations of the United States under the covered agreements, these recommendations and rulings remain operative.”

Addendum: FT story.