Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Russia Files First Trade Dispute at WTO

On Monday, Russia requested consulations with the European Union (EU) at the World Trade Organization, the first step in the dispute resolution process.  Russia alleges that several EU administrative procedures, methodologies or practices for the calculation of the dumping margin in anti-dumping investigations and  reviews do not conform to WTO rules.  Russia's request for consultations includes several products including ammonium nitrate, certain welded tubes and pipes of iron or non-alloy steel,  and certain seamless steel pipes of iron or steel.  If the consultations do not resolve the dispute within 60 days, Russia may request the establishment of a dispute resolution panel. The matter has been assigned case number WT/DS474/1.

This is the first dispute originated by Russia at the Dispute Settlement Mechanism of the WTO since it  became a full member on 22 August 2012. Russia is already a respondent on two  disputes: DS462, initiated by the European Union, and DS463, initiated by  Japan, both on recycling fees for motor vehicles.


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