Surveillance of implementation back to top
& DS162: United States — Anti-dumping Act of 1916
The US said that the US Administration continued to work with Congress to
achieve further progress in resolving this dispute.
The EC noted that, at the end of the month, two years would have passed
since the expiry of the implementation period. The EC added that
persisting inaction of the US had left it no other option than
Japan asked the US to report to the DSB in detail on how soon and in what
manner it intended to comply. Japan also reminded the US of its right to
DS176: United States — Section 211 Omnibus Appropriations Act of 1998
The US stated that the US Administration continued to work with US
Congress on appropriate statutory measures that would resolve the matter.
The EC reminded the US that the deadline for implementation would expire
at the end of the month. The EC said that it appeared that once again the
US would not respect its obligation to comply. The EC added that the bill
introduced in June 2003 offered a basis to resolve this dispute.
Cuba commented that, in spite of the US embargo, Cuba respected US
intellectual property rights the same way that it respected other WTO
Members' intellectual property rights.
DS184: United States — Anti-dumping measures on certain hot-rolled steel
products from Japan
The US said that it had proposed a modification of the implementation
deadline from 31 December 2003 or the end of the 108th Congress session to
31 July 2004. The US added that it had requested a DSB meeting for 10 December 2003 in this connection.
Japan urged the US to make every effort to implement as soon as possible.
Japan added that it looked forward to being further consulted by the US on
its concrete plan for implementation.
— Price band system and safeguard measures relating to
certain agricultural products
Chile said that on 16 December 2003 a new price band system for wheat and
wheat flour would come into force and that since 25 September 2003 other
products were excluded from the system.
Argentina replied that the preservation itself of the price band system
was inconsistent with the recommendations of the DSB. Argentina added that
it was ready to try to find a solution with Chile before the deadline.
Brazil commented that the new system was the same measure that was found
inconsistent by the Appellate Body.
Communication back to top
DS48: European Communities – Measures concerning meat and meat
The EC recalled that at the DSB of 7 November 2003 the US and Canada had
declared that the EC measures taken to comply with the hormones ruling
were still WTO inconsistent. The EC recalled also that the US and Canada
had officially stated their intention to maintain their suspension of
concessions. The EC said that Canada and the US should initiate
multilateral procedures (as described in Article 21.5 of the Dispute
Settlement Understanding) to determine whether the EC was now in
compliance. The EC added that it was ready to discuss more in detail with
them how to address this matter appropriately.
Canada said that it was ready to have bilateral discussions with the EC
but that it was up to the EC to be in compliance. Canada added that it saw
no reason at the moment to remove its sanctions or to move in any other
The US said that it had always been ready to discuss with the EC any
matters regarding its compliance and that it would be pleased to discuss
with EC officials any outstanding issues.
DS212: United States
— Countervailing measures concerning certain products
from the European Communities
The EC expressed concern with the treatment of four cases where the US
Department of Commerce had refused to examine the nature of the
privatizations and where the countervailing measures thus remained in
force. The EC said that discussions were ongoing between the European
Commission and the Department of Commerce but that it reserved its right
to initiate compliance proceedings.
The US said, as it did at the 7 November DSB, that it had complied with
the recommendations and rulings of the DSB. The US added that it would be
happy to discuss with the EC possible approaches to the EC's concerns.
Panels requested back to top
United States — Countervailing duty investigation on dynamic random access
memory semiconductors (DRAMS) from Korea
Korea said that it had serious concerns regarding the countervailing
duties imposed by the US against Korean DRAMS. Korea added that
consultations had not resolved the dispute and that this was why it
requested the establishment of a panel.
The US blocked Korea's first request for a
arguing that there was overwhelming evidence regarding the Korean
Government's subsidization of the troubled Korean DRAMS producer Hynix.
DS299: European Communities
— Countervailing duty investigation on dynamic
random access memory semiconductors (DRAMS) from Korea
Korea explained that it had similar concerns with countervailing duties
imposed by the EC on Korean DRAMS.
The EC answered that the issue of Korean subsidies and their impact on the
semiconductor market had been discussed almost exhaustively and that the
EC regretted to see that Korea still wished to pursue this dispute in the
Like the US, the EC did not agree to the establishment of the
requested by Korea.
Annual report back to top
The DSB adopted its
annual report 2003.
meeting back to top
A special meeting of the DSB will take place on 10 December 2003.
The next regular DSB will meet on 23 January 2004.