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Brazil Publishes List of 222 Products for Retaliation Against the US

Chewing gun The Brazilian government is getting ready to retaliate against the United States for the subsidies that country gave its cotton growers. The Camex, Brazil's Foreign Trade Chamber, has just published a preliminary list of 222 products that might suffer penalties.

Punishment might include increase in up to 100% in the Import Tax rate. The list of products was published in the Diário Oficial (Federal Daily Gazette) for public consideration. Brazilian businessmen will have until November 30 to present their objections in case the tariff might hurt them. 64% of the items are consumer goods and the other 34% intermediate products used for the production of goods.

The World Trade Organization (WTO) authorized Brazil to retaliate after Brazil won its case against the Americans. The WTO had decided that US cotton subsidies should have ended by September 2005. The US government help to farmer never stopped, however, and Brazil has been authorized to slap taxes worth US$ 900 million. Half of this will come in actions against American products and the other half from services.

Among the products listed are wheat, cars, contact lenses, sun glasses, hygiene and cleansing goods, oils, sardines, cherries, fabrics, cotton, alkaline batteries and even chewing gums. The list represents US$ 2,7 billion or 10.6% of the total imported by Brazil from the US in 2008 (US$ 25.808 billion).

The government prepared an inflated list knowing it will need to make cuts to please the national industry, which will complain about the inclusion of some of the products in the roll. Brazilian surtaxes on products cannot surpass US$ 450 million as per the WTO rules.

Brazil's Health Ministry wants to use the other US$ 450 million in penalties to break US's medications patents. For this, however, it would be necessary the introduction of a new legislation that would authorize this "cross retaliation."

Brazil says that US president Barack Obama did not change what had been the practice of the George W. Bush administration on this matter. Says executive secretary for Camex, Lytha Spí­ndola: "We are ready to retaliate starting January 2010. The ideal would be for the US to comply with the WTO determinations and get rid of the illegal subsidies, but as of yet there was no action in this direction."

If the reprisal goes through it will be the first time Brazil retaliates against a country associated to the WTO. In the past, as when Brazil and Canada fought for the aircraft market putting Brazilian Embraer against Canadian Bombardier, both countries opted for an agreement.

In the list of products chosen by Brazil to retaliate it was given preference to products with higher added value or those that have a domestic counterpart or can be easily acquired from other countries.

"We will get the businessmen's suggestions, perform a triage and establish statistical data and values. A retaliation suggestion will be sent to Camex, which, in its December meeting, will take the final decision. Regarding the issue of intellectual property, the ministers that are part of Camex will debate what to do concerning this matter also in the December encounter," concluded Spí­ndola.

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  • usa

    brazil retaliates ????????????????….very funny ,,, coming from a third world swamp ,,,perhaps the u.s.a should insist that brazil call home their brazilian nationals illegally in the u.s.a,, no thanks brazil !!!,,,it seems these brazilian nationals have no respect for u.s. laws on illegal presense…cheating ,lying, counterfeit documents,tax evasion,money laundering,alien trafficking,prostitution,etc…

  • ch.c.

    but…but…but….
    I did not write the above thread having my ID.
    Thus when I said so many times NEVER EVER TRUST A BRAZILIAN and Brazilians always cheat….Welll proven just once more !
    Just Brazilian cowardice as usual ! Who is surprised ? NOT ME….FOR SURE !

    Anyway I am laughing at Brazil retaliation possibility because the USA charge ZERO import tax on about $ 4-5 billion of Brazilian goods.
    Reason due to the fact the USA put Brazil under their MFN laws. MFN means MOST FAVORED NATION !
    3 or 4 years ago the USA wanted to put Brazil out of that favor with the reason that Brazil became a Middle Income Country !
    That law being provided for lower income emerging nations.
    Guess what Robbing Hook amd his filthy gangs said : HOW UNFAIR THIS IS !

    Thus I cant stop laughing about the eventual Brazil retaliation.
    Feel free to do it and then, may be, who knows, the USA will put Brazil out of this MFN law…..RIGHTLY !

    And eventually the USA will also charge RIGHTLY as much import tax on Brazilians goods that Brazil ALREADY charges the USA before the eventual retaliation tax !

    This is called RECIPROCITY !

    In my view this is just BIG BRAZILIAN FANFARE AS USUAL !

    Time will tell !
    But fanfare or not, the USA are not without COMMON SENSE defense with their MFN laws !
    I repeat the MFN laws apply to LOWER INCOME COUNTRIES…..NOT TO MIDDLE INCOME COUNTRIES !
    Thus U.S. lawmakers can apply the PROPER definition FOR BRAZIL at their will !
    Are you a LOWER income country or A MIDDLE INCOME COUNTRY AS YOU SING YOURSELVES ?

  • dnbaiacu

    The Impostor….
    [quote]Who the f**k are you? Why would we care if you’re back or not ? [/quote]

    Really needs to step up his game. LOL..

    Such a thin line between love and hate 😀 😉

    [quote]I doubt the HDTV’S are “REALLY” from the states. All of them here in the US are made in Taiwan, China. I doubt that the Obama administration will react because they need the votes from those conservative southern states where cotton are produced for the comming election. [/quote]

    Ok “laptops”. :-)Not the tv’s.

    What coming election? ….. Obama didn’t win for nothing… Certainly not JUST TO PROVE A BLACK can’t get things done. Which is the only thing a failure would amount to. That would insult the intelligence of the powers that be that put him there in the first place.
    Let’s keep it real.. SOOOOO much is going to happen between now and the next election, it is going to make peoples heads spin. The U.S is NEVER going back to the old guard. I bet anything that this is the administration that hands the U.S on a silver platter to the United Nations. That’s what 2012 will REALLY be about. Forget the “end of the world theory” 😮
    It will be the end of the United States as we know it.
    Let’s stop being in denial. It’s funny how some can’t accept the obvious. Three years is a L O N G time with everything that is going on.
    Obama is hardly worried about appeasing “Conservatives”.

  • dnbaiacu

    Johnny corleon
    Who the fuck are you? Why would we care if you’re back or not ?

  • Johnny corleone

    The small cappo, for now.
    Now that IÀ‚´m back from Sicily, IÀ‚´m reorganizing. Watch out you…

  • Leo Bonneville

    Laughs
    Junkie Brazilians!!!!!!!

    HAHAHA
    BRA-ZEROES!!!!!!!

    5% of your roads are paved and you wants to have a trade war with the Junkies in US !!!!!(smiles)

    Why dont you concentrate on your relationships and stop acting like my old boyfriend!!!!

    Brazilians always cheat, lie, and hide!!!!!!!!!!

  • USA_Male

    as a conservative I am against subsidizing cotton farmers. Let there be real competition. I doubt the HDTV’S are “REALLY” from the states. All of them here in the US are made in Taiwan, China. I doubt that the Obama administration will react because they need the votes from those conservative southern states where cotton are produced for the comming election. This is only bad news for Obama but good news for the free traders of the GOP. 😉

  • Double-Dot

    Costinha
    Ah used to be proud to call ya mah friend but your recent remarks puttin down mah great country and jus plain actin like a blithering fool has caused me to re-think mah association with ya.

    Ah hope ya still buy our F-18s but other than that, ah have no reason to give ya a second thought. Unless us Americans have to bail you wanna be Frenchie’s out militarily AGAIN.

    If ah want to be entertained by the likes of ya from now on, ah will read some of the writings of Marx…and ah am not referring to Groucho or Harpo.

    God bless America

  • twink boyfriend of costinha

    Fun being with you last week
    Go see your doctor. Sores are popping up in strange places and it hurts when I pee.

  • fried chc

    CHC – Chronicle Herpes Carrier
    The gayman with itchy genItalia living north of Italia.

    Gotta new PLUNGER…. That Works!

    Costa

  • ch.c.

    Americans set up organizations to benefit themselves only and f**k the rest… That is why they, under no circustamce, should be trusted in deals and agreements…
    HAHAHA

    NOT JUST AMERICAN IDIOTS, BUT BRAZILIANS ESPECIALLY THE MEN CANNOT BE TRUSTED IN NEITHER RELATIONSHIPS NOR DEALS…

    PROVEN AND PROVEN SO MANY TIMES ! YOU ALL JUNKIES !

  • dnbaiacu

    More LOL
    The hoopla is silly. Plainly ridiculous. How do you “retaliate” at your biggest CREDITOR for years! 😉 😀 😀 :D.That’s laughable.
    The only ones being hurt are Brazilian consumers that LOVE American products. Many more suffer because some big “cotton mogul” can’t make the profits he wants. So who is “really” selfish when it comes to interest of the average grassroots citizen that wants to identify with the 1st world in small ways???? 😮
    Ask someone that wants a laptop or HDtv if they give a crap about how much a cotton exporter stands to lose?
    Political and elitist fluff! That’s what this is. 🙁

  • boyfriend of shelly1

    My Dear Shelly….. I missed you baby!
    Did you hubby ever get that new set of dentures?

    Costinha

  • dnbaiacu

    When will people understand????
    [quote]Americans set up organizations to benefit themselves only and f**k the rest… That is why they, under no circustamce, should be trusted in deals and agreements… [/quote]

    It’s not the “Americans”. It is never that simple.
    First and foremost the U.S has never left the grip of Great Britain and behind that there are bankers. It is NEVER as simple as a “nationality”being the culprit.
    Please try to see through the smoke. You will get closer to seeing the real source of the problems. Always follow the money.
    As civilians we have to be smarter than digressing to nation bashing.
    The WTO and the U.N soon will be exerting the influence they were clearly set up for. And dear Brazil will be OBLIGED and WILLING to plug right in. 😉 The U.S is just the plantation that “feeds’ (finances) this “beast”. “Americans” are paying the bill. It’s the U.S that feeds this beast and policies that Brazil is reaping the benefits from TODAY ie all the “loans” over the past 20 years. I call that “sharing the wealth” to some degree.
    Think about it.
    And there are also politics the beast sponsors and creates that is putting Brazil in the spotlight TODAY.
    Please look behind the surface before accusing the “Americans” of being selfish. Brazils leaders are by far WORSE. Because they are no better than the MASTER they serve.They can’t even hide the overt exploitation.
    Truth be told the “Americans” work very hard to feed the beast that will ultimately seal the demise of their Constitution as they know it. And unbeknowest to MOST of them.
    Let them do their thing , with an entity supposedly designed to uplift and protect YOU. 😉 😉
    And you better HOPE that’s the truth. 😉
    Do your research!

  • Shelly1

    Americans here
    [quote]The World Trade Organization (WTO) authorized Brazil to retaliate after Brazil won its case against the Americans. The WTO had decided that US cotton subsidies should have ended by September 2005. The US government help to farmer never stopped, however, and Brazil has been authorized to slap taxes worth US$ 900 million. Half of this will come in actions against American products and the other half from services.[/quote]

    Americans are very selfish.. They do not respect Organizations that they helped to set up in order to create a balance in the world.. They, along others, set up the WTO and now selfishly disregard its judgement.
    The UN as well… The UN said NO for the war in Iraq and they went ahead anyway..

    Americans set up organizations to benefit themselves only and fuck the rest… That is why they, under no circustamce, should be trusted in deals and agreements…

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