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Reporter Memo: United States Complies with World Trade Organization Ruling in Aircraft Dispute

September 24, 2012

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) today submitted the attached notification to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body detailing the United States’ timely compliance with the WTO’s recommendations in the large civil aircraft dispute with the European Union (EU) related to U.S. government subsidies to Boeing. The United States’ deadline to comply with the rulings and recommendations in this case is today, September 23, 2012.

USTR has been working extensively over the last six months with all of the government entities affected by the March 23, 2012 ruling in this case – including NASA, the Department of Defense, the State of Washington, and the City of Wichita – to ensure full compliance with the United States’ WTO obligations.

In a related dispute regarding the European Union’s subsidies to Airbus, the WTO found that the EU provided more than $18 billion in subsidized financing to Airbus. In the EU’s case against the United States, the WTO found $3-4 billion in subsidies to Boeing – which was mostly in the form of funding for public research. A WTO panel is currently hearing the case against the EU for its lack of compliance with the June 1, 2011 ruling.


U.S. notification of compliance

U.S. notification of compliance indexes