Thursday, January 31, 2013
Earlier this week, the World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) took several actions, including establishing a single panel to examine complaints by the European Union (EU), the United States, and Japan against Argentina in connection with certain measures affecting the importation of goods which are alleged to be inconsistent with GATT 1994 and the Import Licensing Agreement. Argentina claims it repealed the offending statute but the other parties did not believe the matter was resolved.
In addition, at the request of Argentina, the DSB also established a panel to examine the dispute “US – Measures affecting the importation of animals, meat and other animal products from Argentina”. Argentina believes the subject US measures violate the Sanitary and Phytosanitary Agreement and GATT 1994.
Finally, the DSB also acted on a request by Antigua and Barbuda and granted authorization to suspend the application to the US of concessions or other obligations consistent with the Arbitrator’s decision concerning the dispute “US — Measures affecting the cross border supply of gambling and betting services”.