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DS277: United States
— Investigation of the International Trade Commission
in softwood lumber from Canada
Canada requested for the second time the establishment of a panel to
examine the case.
The United States said that Canada's claim lacked merit because objective
facts had shown the threat of material injury for US industry.
The panel was established and the following Members requested to be third
parties: EC and Japan.
Authorization to suspend concessions
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DS108: United States
— Tax treatment for “Foreign Sales Corporations”
The EC requested authorization from the DSB to take appropriate
WT/DS108/26) and to suspend concessions vis-à-vis the US for an amount
of US$4.04 billion per year according to the arbitration report
WT/DS108/ARB issued in August 2002. The EC added on a
more positive note that obtaining the authorization did not mean that they
would immediately resort to countermeasures. The EC said that they were
still willing to give the US a short additional period to make the
necessary legislative changes.
The United States analyzed at length the arbitration which set the amount
of countermeasures at US$4.04 billion. The US said that the arbitration
decision was seriously flawed and capricious. The United States, however,
informed the DSB of its intention to comply with its obligations and said
that they did not believe therefore that it would be necessary to ever
exercise the DSB's authorization.
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