Monday, June 18, 2012

Recent WTO News

WTOHere is a round-up of some recent developments at the World Trade Organization (WTO) that may be of interest:

First, the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) adopted the panel and Appellate Body (AB) reports in the tuna dispute, more properly known as United States - Measures Concerning the Importation, Marketing and Sale of Tuna and Tuna Products (DS 381).  As is often the case with AB rulings, this one was a mixed result for the parties.  The official reactions of the various parties to the AB report can be found here.

Second, at the end of last week, the panel issued its report in China — Countervailing and Anti-Dumping Duties on Grain Oriented Flat-rolled Electrical Steel from the United States (DS414).  The panel found that China had acted inconsistently with several articles of both the Anti-Dumping and the Subsidies Agreements in its initiation and conduct of the relevant investigations and requested that China bring its measures into conformity with its WTO obligations.  The panel report may be found here.

Finally, the WTO DSB welcomed its newest member last week - Mr Seung Wha Chang of the Republic of Korea.  He was sworn in on June 13 and replaces Mr Shotaro Oshima.

(cgb)

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