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Dispute Settlement Body 29 August 2003
DSB establishes 6 panels to examine 10 complaints

At its meeting on 29 August 2003, the DSB established 6 panels to examine 10 complaints including those on sugar and GMOs.

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This summary has been prepared by the WTO Secretariat’s Information and Media Relations Division to help public understanding about developments in WTO disputes. It is not a legal interpretation of the issues, and it is not intended as a complete account of the issues. These can be found in the reports themselves and in the minutes of the Dispute Settlement Body’s meetings.


At its meeting on 29 August 2003, the DSB considered the following items:

Surveillance of implementation of the DSB's recommendations back to top

The United States presented status reports on progress in the implementation of the DSB's recommendations with regard to the following cases: (i) “Anti-Dumping Act of 1916” (DS136 & DS162); (ii) “Section 211 Omnibus Appropriations Act of 1998” (DS176); and (iii) “Anti-Dumping Measures on Certain Hot-Rolled Steel Products from Japan” (DS184).

Egypt presented its final status report regarding implementation of the DSB's recommendations in the case on: “Egypt — Definitive Anti-Dumping Measures on Steel Rebar from Turkey” (DS211).

  

Panels were established with regard to the following cases back to top

“Australia — Certain Measures Affecting the Importation of Fresh Fruit and Vegetables” (DS270 at the request of the Philippines). The representatives of China, EC, Ecuador, India, Thailand and the United States reserved their third-party rights to participate in the Panel's proceedings.

“European Communities — Export Subsidies on Sugar” (DS265, DS266 & DS283 — a single panel was established at the requests of Australia, Brazil and Thailand). The representatives of Barbados, Canada, China, Colombia, Jamaica, Mauritius, New Zealand, Trinidad and Tobago and the United States reserved their third-party rights to participate in the Panel's proceedings.

“United States — Anti-Dumping Measures on Cement from Mexico” (DS281 at the request by Mexico). The representatives of China, EC, Japan and Chinese Taipei reserved their third-party rights to participate in the Panel's proceedings.

“United States — Anti-Dumping Measures on Oil Country Tubular Goods (OCTG) from Mexico” (DS282 at the request of Mexico). The representatives of Argentina, China, EC, Japan, Venezuela and Chinese Taipei reserved their third-party rights to participate in the Panel's proceedings.

“United States — Countervailing Duties on Steel Plate from Mexico” (DS280 at the request of Mexico). The representatives of China, EC and Chinese Taipei reserved third-party rights to participate in the Panel's proceedings.

“European Communities — Measures Affecting the Approval and Marketing of Biotech Products” (DS291, DS292 & DS293 — a single panel was established at the requests of the United States, Canada and Argentina). The representatives of Australia, China, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Thailand, Uruguay and Chinese Taipei reserved their third-party rights to participate in the Panel's proceedings.

  

Panel requests deferred back to top

“European Communities — Protection of Trademarks and Geographical Indications for Agricultural Products and Foodstuffs” (DS174 & DS290 — requests by the United States and Australia).

The item concerning the adoption of the Panel Report in the case on “Japan — Measures Affecting the Importation of Apples” (DS245) was removed from the agenda following Japan's decision to appeal the Panel Report.

  

Next meeting back to top

The next regular meeting of the DSB is scheduled for 2 October 2003.

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