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Dispute Settlement Body 26 April 2004

DSB adopts panel report on US investigation in softwood lumber from Canada

The Dispute Settlement Body, on 26 April 2004, adopted the panel report on “United States — Investigation of the International Trade Commission in softwood lumber from Canada” (DS277).

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DS277: US — Investigation of the International Trade Commission in softwood lumber from Canada

At its meeting on 26 April 2004, the DSB adopted the panel report which had been circulated on 22 March 2004. Canada welcomed the panel's conclusion and urged the US to bring its measures into conformity as soon as possible. The US disagreed with the panel's ultimate conclusion but decided not to appeal because it believed that the practical significance of that factual conclusion was limited. The US also highlighted some of the panel's conclusions which it supported.

  

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