Friday, November 1, 2013

Japan Initiates WTO Dispute with Ukraine Over Cars

WTOEarlier this week, Japan requested consultations with the Ukraine at the World Trade Organization (WTO), over allegations that the Ukraine acted inconsistently with its obligations under the WTO Safeguards Agreement.  More particularly, Japan alleges that Ukraine failed to promptly notify the Safeguards Committee and to provide WTO members with an adequate opportunity for consulations prior to Ukraine's imposition of safeguard duties on certain imported passenger cars.  Japan further alleges that the Ukraine failed to  publish a report setting forth its findings and reasoned conclusions and a  detailed analysis of the case under investigation, and applied the safeguard  measures two years after the end of the investigation period.  Finally, Japan alleges that Ukraine applied the safeguard measures beyond the extent necessary  to prevent or remedy serious injury.

More information regarding Case No. WT/DS468/1 may be found on the WTO website.

This is the second case brought against the Ukraine since its accession to the  WTO in 2008 (the first case, on distilled spirits, was brought by Moldova in  March 2011).


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