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Complaint by Costa Rica.
On 22 December 1995, Costa Rica
requested consultations with the United States concerning US restrictions
on textile imports from Costa Rica. Costa Rica alleged that these
restrictions were in violation of the ATC agreement.
Panel and Appellate Body proceedings
Further to Costa Rica’s request, the DSB established a
panel at its meeting on 5 March 1996. India reserved its third-party
rights. On 4 April 1996, the Panel was composed. The report of the panel
was circulated to members on 8 November 1996. The Panel found that the US
restraints were not valid.
On 11 November 1996, Costa Rica notified its decision to
appeal against one aspect of the Panel report. The report of the Appellate
Body was circulated to Members on 10 February 1997. The Appellate Body
upheld the appeal by Costa Rica on that particular point. The Appellate
Body report and the Panel report as modified by the Appellate Body report,
were adopted by the DSB on 25 February 1997.
Implementation of adopted reports
At the meeting of the DSB on
10 April 1997, the US informed the meeting that the measure which had been
the subject of this dispute had expired on 27 March 1997 and had not been
renewed, effectively meaning that the US had immediately complied with the
recommendations of the DSB.
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