Representative from U.S rice and corn grower said that big developing countries like India and China are routinely breaking the laws of International trade on agriculture and respective action against these two nations should be taken by the U.S government to stop them doing so.
Robert Cummings, chief operating officer of USA Rice Federation, told Reuters in Geneva, home of the World Trade Organization that “Its time for action now”
“We have years of non-compliance from these countries and now it’s time that these non-compliances should be analyzed and made known to U.S government and the results of these are forthcoming if WTO seems to be practical in this matter”
Shannon Schlecht, vice president of policy at U.S. Wheat Associates Inc said that there is a need for an eye over the issues after the WTO has entered the next stage of global trade talks and some of the trade diplomats expect the United States to be under pressure to make concessions on agriculture.
“We want to see the compliance and the way how they get over this“.
Both Cummings and Schlecht spoke at addressing about 40 trade diplomats at the WTO at the offices of King & Spalding in Geneva, a law firm specializing in international trade law and disputes at the World Trade Organization.
Assertions for the action was made after studying the agricultural trade of five leading developing nations, China, India, Brazil, Turkey and Thailand by lobbying firm DTB Associates, LLP.
Founder of DTB, Craig Thorn, a former U.S. agricultural trade negotiator said that these five nations have increased their minimum support prices for crops and has breached the maximum “aggregate measure of support” which they are allowed to provide legally.
Thorn said that these countries have cheated every case of their policies
Recent WTO negotiations have been dominated by India. India wanted a change in the WTO rule of not stockpile the subsidized crop unless they meet certain conditions.
Earlier to this, Thailand has filed a charge case against its former Prime Minister in rice subsidy scheme called rice Pledging Scheme which cost the state billions of dollar.
If Thailand sells its subsidized rice to the market at a prices lower than the acquisition, Thailand would be automatically in violation of the WTO rules.
Thorn said they are trying to get more facts for the government to prove non-compliances of these nations and he said that It’s probably fair to say that we’re getting a more favorable reaction as time goes on and as we’re bringing more facts to the U.S. government.”