Wyden, Levin Blast WTO Report On 'Trade-Restrictive Measures'

September 09, 2016


The ranking members of the House and Senate trade committees today sent a letter to the head of the World Trade Organization lambasting the organization's secretariat for issuing a report that calls for the removal of antidumping and countervailing duties instead of urging WTO members to resolve the policies that create the need for duties in the first place.

[ Daily News| September 08, 2016 | Inside US Trade]

“We are deeply disappointed that the Secretariat of the WTO has once again issued a report that expresses concern not with dumping, not with trade-distorting subsidies, and not with unsafe imported foods, but instead expresses concern with the measures taken to address those very real problems,” Ways & Means Committee ranking member Sandy Levin (D-MI) and Finance Committee ranking member Ron Wyden (D-WI) wrote in a Sept. 8 letter to WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo.

The letter refers to a June report issued by the WTO Secretariat on so-called “trade-restrictive measures.” The report found that G20 members have ratcheted up such measures to the highest monthly level since 2009.

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