Brazilian president signs decree allowing unilateral retaliation on trade disputes

The Brazilian government justified the move, saying the WTO Appellate Body was no longer functioning because the United States was blocking new appointments. There are no arbitrators to decide cases and appeals remain in a legal vacuum.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Brazilian document states that the country can take unilateral action if trade dispute hearings at the World Trade Organization stall. The move was made because the U.S. blocked the appointments, and today there are no arbitrators to resolve the cases.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has signed a decree allowing the country to unilaterally retaliate in trade disputes if hearings at the World Trade Organization (WTO . . .

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