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for modification of the reasonable period of time
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United States — Anti-dumping measures on certain hot-rolled steel
products from Japan: Request for modification of the reasonable period of
United States recalled that at the November 28 meeting of the DSB it had
reported that it had issued a new final determination in the hot-rolled
steel antidumping investigation which implemented the recommendations and
rulings of the DSB with respect to the calculation of antidumping margins.
US added that this final determination did not, however, address all the
recommendations and rulings of the DSB.
the US said, after consultations with the Government of Japan, the US was
requesting that the “reasonable period of time” for
implementation of the DSB's recommendations and rulings be modified so as
to expire on December 31, 2003, or on the date on which the first session
of the next US Congress would adjourn, whichever was earlier.
said that it was greatly disappointed and very much regretted that the US
had not implemented the DSB recommendations and rulings on this case
within the reasonable period of time. Japan said that repeated
non-compliance by the US undermined the credibility not only of the US
itself but also of the dispute settlement system and the WTO as a whole.
added that based on consultations they had had with the US, Japan did not
object to the modification of the reasonable period of time proposed by
Japan urged the US to implement the DSB recommendations and rulings as
soon as possible.
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