At the same meeting, the European Communities presented
a further status report on implementation in the "banana" case (DS27). The EC
said that there continued to be divergent views within the main parties concerned and that
as a result, no agreed conclusions had been agreed yet. Many Latin American countries took
the floor to complain about what they said was the lack of implementation by the EC.
Likewise, Japan presented a status report on implementation
on "measures affecting agricultural products" (DS76). Japan and the United
States said that are holding consultations on this matter and that they expected a
mutually satisfactory solution in the near future.
In the case concerning "anti-dumping
investigation of high-fructose corn syrup" (DS132) with the United States, Mexico
informed the DSB that it would implement, within a reasonable period of time, the DSB's
recommendations. The report was adopted by the DSB on 24 February.
The DSB adopted the panel report on "Australia
- Measures affecting importation of salmon, recourse to Art. 21.5 by Canada" (DS18)
concerning Australia's implementation. Both Australia and Canada said they aimed to reach
a mutually acceptable solution
The DSB also adopted the reports of the Appellate
Body and the panel on "United States - Tax treatment for Foreign Sales
Corporations" (DS108). While the EC expressed its satisfaction at the conclusions of
the reports, the United States said that this outcome unjustifiably discriminated between
Members on the basis of their tax systems.
The next meeting of the DSB will take place on 7
April 2000. The agenda of the meeting will be available from 28 March onwards.
All documents related to the disputes mentioned here
above are available on the WTO website under "Documents on-line".