World Trade Organization
Early in 2009, in testimony before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), the NCC said
NCC Vice Chairman Eddie Smith was joined by NCC President/CEO
The NCC sent a letter to
The NCC distributed information regarding the WTO Doha negotiations to news media attending this briefing at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, and to Congressional members from cotton growing districts and states, to USDA and the USTR.
Brazil-U.S. WTO Case
Throughout 2009, the NCC stressed that the current cotton market was much different than the time of the original Brazil-U.S. dispute period of 2002-05 – and that given changes in
After the Arbitration Panel findings release was delayed for the third time, the NCC responded to inaccuracies in a letter sent by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to members of the Senate finance and agriculture committees, and met with Chamber officials to discuss the case.
Following the Panel’s findings release, the NCC issued a statement saying it was pleased that the arbitration award was far less than requested by
Late in the year, the WTO Dispute Settlement Body officially recognized the August 2009 Arbitration Panel finding in the case brought by
In a letter to USTR Deputy Ambassador Demetrios Marantis, the NCC conveyed the
The NCC also reminded Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in advance of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade of the continuing market access issues that
China Cotton Association leaders toured the U.S. Cotton Belt to learn more about the U.S. cotton industry under a 2006 Memorandum of Understanding signed between China and the United States.
China Cotton Association leaders toured the U.S. Cotton Belt to learn more about the industry under a 2006 Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two countries. The visit was sponsored by the NCC, Cotton Council International and The Cotton Foundation.
The NCC joined various textile, fiber and apparel coalitions in: 1) conveying concern to the USTR about a proposal to expand the provisions of the Afghanistan/Pakistan Reconstruction Opportunity Zone legislation to include cotton knit shirts, blouses and trousers – products that account for a significant portion of U.S. yarn and fabric exports to the Western Hemisphere which are converted to apparel and exported to the United States; 2) warning in a second letter to Secretary of State Clinton of the billions of dollars in textile and apparel trade between the United States and Honduras that was being seriously jeopardized by the continuing political crisis; and 3) urging Congress to take expeditious action to renew the Andean Trade Preference Act, which was set to expire on December 31, 2009.
In other trade activities, the NCC:
- thanked China Fiber Inspection Bureau (CFIB) officials for their cooperative efforts with USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service. The CFIB and USDA signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a framework for collaboration on cotton classification methods and standards.
- applauded the China Cotton Association’s launch of a cotton promotion program during its 2009 China International Cotton Conference.
- joined a broad coalition of commodity, livestock and general farm organizations in supporting the confirmation of Dr. Isi Siddiqui, nominated to serve as chief agricultural trade negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and Michael Punke, nominated to serve as U.S. ambassador to the WTO and deputy U.S. trade representative.