The United States has lodged an appeal against a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling that some of President Donald Trump’s trade war tariffs on China were unlawful, according to a Geneva trade official.
The move was announced by the chair of the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body at the start of a meeting in Geneva on Monday.
The US move effectively derails any action China might have taken against the dispute award, made in September.
The WTO’s appellate body – the Geneva body’s final appeal court – is essentially defunct, after the US refused to confirm any new judges in protest over perceived overreach in the court’s judgments. In WTO parlance, the case will now be “appealed into the void”, since there is no appeal court to hear it.