Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Argentina Cries Sour Lemons To US at WTO

Sorry, readers, but I couldn't help the pun. 

Lemon91Argentina has filed a new request for consultations with the United States at the World Trade Organization (WTO) over lemons.

Argentina claims that the United States is restricting imports of fresh lemons from the northwest part of Argentina in a manner that violates the United States' WTO obligations.  In particular, Argentina claims that the prohibition of imports of this fruit for the last 11 years, and other restrictive measures, lack scientific justification. Argentina also claims that the US measures appear to cancel or impair the benefits for Argentina derived, directly or indirectly, from the relevant WTO Agreements.

If the parties do not resolve the matter through consulations within the next 60 days, Argentina will be free to request the establishment of a dispute resolution panel.  The matter has been assigned case number WT/DS448/1.



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