WTO body formally OKs US sanctions against EU in Airbus case

The United States has been given the go-ahead to impose trade sanctions on up to $7.5 billion worth of European Union goods following a ruling that European plane maker Airbus received illegal subsidies.

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That approval came from the World Trade Organization.

The move by the trade body's dispute settlement body was largely a formality after the long-awaited Oct. 2 ruling by a WTO arbitration panel.

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For that ruling to be blocked, every country including the United States that attended the settlement body's meeting Monday would have had to reject it.

The record $7.5 billion ruling found that the European bloc and member states Britain, France, Germany and Spain failed to remove improper subsidies for Airbus that hindered sales by U.S. rival Boeing.

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The Trump administration plans to impose the sanctions starting Friday.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.