As we mentioned in an earlier article, the cotton case against the U.S. won by Brazil in the World Trade Organization maintains a caveat that allows the Brazilian government to retaliate against the U.S. and includes increasing tariffs on multiple U.S. products and as a last resort, restricting U.S. intellectual property (IP) rights (patents & copyrights).
Specifically, Brazil initiated and won a dispute over the current marketing assistance loan (MAL), counter cyclical payment (CCP), and export credit guarantee programs. Under a Framework Agreement reached in June 2010, Brazil agreed not to proceed with retaliatory measures; the U.S. agreed to annual payments of $147.3 million to the Brazilian cotton industry and quarterly discussions on potential limits of trade-distorting U.S. farm subsidies. Read more
This month Cansler Consulting facilitated meetings between some of their clients and various Washington power brokers. Over a four-day period, Cansler Consulting and their clients attended a whirlwind series of 18 meetings with congressional members and their staff, five federal agencies including the White House Budget Office, Department of Homeland Security Custom and Border Protection, Environmental Protection Agency and US Forestry Service. Read more