DS46: Brazil: Export financing programme for
DSB authorized retaliatory sanctions (officially known as
suspension of concessions) totalling C$344.2
million per year to be imposed by Canada against imports
from Brazil because Brazil has failed to implement a
ruling on export subsidies for aircraft.
based its request on an arbitration
which set the amount of appropriate
countermeasures at this level after Canada first
asked in May 2000 to impose retaliatory sanctions
totalling C$700 million per year.
a statement on implementation of the DSB
, Brazil announced that on 6 December 2000 it had
enacted new regulations for its aircraft financing
programme (called PROEX) that brought it in full
conformity with Brazils WTO obligations.
responded that, from its initial assessment,
Brazils proposal did not constitute compliance with
commented that the WTO Dispute Settlement Understanding
(DSU), the agreement that governs the dispute process,
provides no appropriate mechanism for dealing with how to
examine whether a governments new measures comply
after sanctions have been authorized.
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DS193: Chile: Measures affecting the transit and
importation of swordfish
this was the second request from the EU, the DSB
automatically agreed to establish a panel to hear this
EU complains that its fishing vessels operating in
the South East Pacific are not allowed under Chilean
legislation to unload their swordfish in Chilean ports
either to land them for warehousing or to transship them
onto other vessels. Consequently Chile makes transit
through its ports impossible for swordfish. This
prohibition renders also impossible the importation of
the affected catches into Chile. This, the EU
alleges, violates Article V of the General Agreement on
Tariffs and Trade, which deals with freedom of transit,
and GATT Article XI, which deals with eliminating
the meeting, the EU reiterated its preference for a
mutually-agreed solution and hoped an agreement on
sustainable fishing of swordfish would be reached with
Chile before the panelists are appointed. The EU said it
had put forward a compromise proposal at the end of
said it had responded to the proposal and awaited
EUs comments. Chile also said it hoped to reach an
agreement with the EU.
following countries requested to be third parties:
Australia, Canada, Ecuador, Iceland, India, Norway and
the United States.
time requests for panels to be set up Back
this was a first-time request and it was opposed, a panel
was not set up.
DS204: Mexico: Measures affecting
blocked the US first request for the establishment
of a panel, saying that the request did not indicate
clearly the trade measures at stake. The three-page US
request is document WT/DS204/2.
reports: Surveillance of implementation of
recommendations adopted by the DSB Back
Guatemala Definitive anti-dumping measures
on grey Portland cement from Mexico
announced it had removed the anti-dumping measures in
question and thus applied without delay the DSB
thanked Guatemala for its information and its speed.
European Communities: Regime for the importation,
sale and distribution of bananas
EU reported that it was finalizing its internal
decision-making process with a view to implementing
rapidly a WTO-compatible new import regime, based on a
first come-first served system (see document
Panama, the United States, Guatemala, Honduras, and
Ecuador expressed concern that the EU was moving very
slowly and that the proposal would not resolve the issue.
Japan: Measures affecting agricultural products
(document WT/DS76/11/Add.10) and the US said they were
still consulting in an effort to sort out technical
questions to resolve this case.
Canada: Measures affecting the importation of milk
and the exportation of dairy products
reported (document WT/DS103/12/Add.5 and
WT/DS113/12/Add.5) that new consultations with New
Zealand and the United States resulted in the extension
of the implementation deadline from 31 December 2000 to
31 January 2001.
Zealand expressed concern about the new export mechanisms
for dairy products put into place by Canada to implement
the DSB recommendations.
United States said it disagreed with Canada about whether
the actions taken to implement the DSB recommendations
India: Quantitative restrictions on imports of
agricultural, textile and industrial products
(document WT/DS90/16/Add.4) repeated its intention to
implement by the deadline of 1 April 2001.
DS34 Turkey: Restrictions on imports of textile
and clothing products
(document WT/DS34/12/Add.4) informed the DSB that Turkish
authorities had intensified their work with the intention
of finding the most appropriate solution.
regretted that Turkey did not give any clear indication
of the details of the progress made in implementing the
DSB recommendations. India also expressed concern
regarding the restrictions reportedly imposed recently by
the Turkish authorities on imports of fabric from India.
Chile: Taxes on alcoholic beverages
(document WT/DS/87/17 and WT/DS/110/16) said it was
currently drafting a bill to fulfill the DSB
recommendations and that consultations had been held with
the Chilean private sector and account had been taken of
WTO Members views.
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European Communities: Anti-dumping duties on
imports of cotton-type bed linen from India
item was removed from the agenda as the EU appealed the panel
next regular meeting will be on 1 February 2001.