Monday, August 9, 2010
The World Trade Organization issued a panel report on New Zealand's complaint against Australia regarding measures affecting the importantion of apples from New Zealand. Click here to read the report. The WTO panel concluded that certain measures taken by Australia to protect applies from pests violate the Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Agreement and have nullified and impaired benefits to New Zealand under the WTO Agreements. The panel has recommended that the WTO Dispute Settlement Body request that Australia bring its measures into conformity with the SPS Agreement.
UPDATE: Australia announced in September that it was appealing the panel's report