The World Trade Organization “disproportionately” targets U.S. trade enforcement laws and should be reformed, the Alliance for American Manufacturing says in a new report backed by members of Congress and others who have repeatedly expressed concern about the WTO’s appellate body.
[Daily News | March 2, 2016 |Inside US Trade]
The report says the U.S. has been the target of “58 percent of the WTO’s decisions in trade remedy disputes,” and claims the WTO “has ruled against the U.S. over 90 percent of the time.” AAM says the U.S. has been targeted in trade remedy disputes “five times more than any other member.”
Accordingly, AAM recommends “forming a coalition” with other concerned WTO members “to mount a coordinated campaign to reform the Appellate Body” and establishing an independent review commission to keep WTO authority in check.
“As this report shows, in decision after decision, the WTO has ruled against the U.S. and weakened our laws designed to fight back against subsidies and illegal dumping,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) in March 1 press release. “We need a reset of our trade relationship with China, starting with a reset at the WTO.”