GENEVA — Brazil put the U.S. on notice at a special World Trade Organization session that unless Washington "fully and immediately" complies with dispute rulings calling on it to amend cotton policies found in breach of global subsidy rules, the South American nation will seek authorization to impose punitive trade sanctions.
Brazilian diplomats told WWD they did not rule out that the potential punitive tariffs to be slapped on various products might include U.S. textiles and apparel items. Trade diplomats say the amount of punitive tariffs is likely to be less than the initial $4 billion a year demanded in 2005, as the U.S. has scrapped some of the offending programs.
Brazilian officials said decisions regarding when to seek the authorization and which products will be included have not yet been made. Brazil's chief trade negotiator, Roberto Azevedo, talking to reporters after the WTO dispute settlement body session, said his country was "holding internal consultations" on the retaliation issue.
Asked when it might activate the request, he said it would be in "months, for sure — weeks, I don't know how many," adding that a WTO arbitrator "will determine" the retaliation figure and method.
During the WTO session that confirmed Brazil's right to impose sanctions for the U.S.' failure to abide by WTO rulings against its cotton industry subsidies, the Brazilian delegation lashed out at the new American farm bill and its treatment of cotton. Citing a recent study by the International Cotton Advisory Committee, Brazil said the farm bill "introduces few modifications to the U.S. cotton program. The structure of subsidies will remain the same...loan rates will be unchanged...and the upland target price, currently 72.40 cents per pound, will be reduced to 71.25 cents per pound."
The 2008 bill, it said, is little different from the program established by the 2002 farm bill.
"This is a cause for great concern, not only for Brazilian cotton growers, but also for other producers around the world, who may have to continue to suffer the adverse effects of subsidized U.S. cotton," said a statement from the Brazilian delegation.
In response to the Brazilian onslaught, a legal adviser to the U.S. delegation said the "findings of serious prejudice being considered today are outdated." The U.S. noted that American cotton acreage has declined by more than 38.5 percent in the last two years."Despite the alleged price-suppressing effects of U.S. payments, cotton prices have risen sharply and futures prices indicate the market prices will remain high for the foreseeable future," the U.S. delegation said, adding that America has "not made any marketing loan payments since September 2007," and "is making only minimal countercyclical payments."
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye