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Dispute Settlement Body 5 December 2002

US given more time to implement “hot-rolled steel” ruling

On 5 December 2002, the Dispute Settlement Body agreed to extend the reasonable period of time by which the United States must implement the DSB's rulings and recommendations in the case concerning antidumping measures on certain hot-rolled steel products from Japan.

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Request for modification of the reasonable period of time

DS184: United States — Anti-dumping measures on certain hot-rolled steel products from Japan: Request for modification of the reasonable period of time (WT/DS184)

The United States recalled that at the November 28 meeting of the DSB it had reported that it had issued a new final determination in the hot-rolled steel antidumping investigation which implemented the recommendations and rulings of the DSB with respect to the calculation of antidumping margins.

The US added that this final determination did not, however, address all the recommendations and rulings of the DSB.

Therefore, the US said, after consultations with the Government of Japan, the US was requesting that the “reasonable period of time” for implementation of the DSB's recommendations and rulings be modified so as to expire on December 31, 2003, or on the date on which the first session of the next US Congress would adjourn, whichever was earlier.

Japan said that it was greatly disappointed and very much regretted that the US had not implemented the DSB recommendations and rulings on this case within the reasonable period of time. Japan said that repeated non-compliance by the US undermined the credibility not only of the US itself but also of the dispute settlement system and the WTO as a whole.

Japan added that based on consultations they had had with the US, Japan did not object to the modification of the reasonable period of time proposed by the US.

Finally, Japan urged the US to implement the DSB recommendations and rulings as soon as possible.


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