US tables proposals in agriculture talks
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CTA. 2002. US tables proposals in agriculture talks. Agritrade, October 2002. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The US proposals for the WTO agricultural ...
The US proposals for the WTO agricultural negotiations were tabled on July 25th 2002. While the 'Cairns Group broadly supported the proposal, others questioned their credibility in the light of the US Farm Bill. The US proposals address export competition, market access and domestic support. On export competition the proposals called for elimination of export subsidies over five years. On market access it proposes an across-the-board cut in agricultural tariffs leading to a maximum of 25% within five years followed by moves to completely eliminate tariffs on agricultural products. The proposals also call for the elimination of the special agricultural safeguard. On domestic support, the USA wants to bring 'blue box' measures into the 'amber box' which should then be subjected to a ceiling on agricultural support equivalent to 5% of the total value of agricultural production. This is something that the EU has firmly resisted. Speaking in Nara, Japan on July 26th 2002 EU Agriculture Commissioner Fischler criticised the US WTO proposals for: requiring greater tariff cuts by other countries than the USA itself was willing to make; wanting 'the elimination of direct export subsidies while avoiding any real commitment on trade distorting export credits, or on abuse of food aid'; reinventing the basis for calculating domestic support to accommodate the new US programmes. He expressed disappointment and the belief that the US proposals showed little 'concern for the interests of the developing countries'.