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Dispute Settlement Body 21 November 2001
DSB adopts two Appellate Body reports on shrimp and corn syrup

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This summary has been prepared by the WTO Secretariat’s Information and Media Relations Division to help public understanding about developments in WTO disputes. It is not a legal interpretation of the issues, and it is not intended as a complete account of the issues. These can be found in the reports themselves and in the minutes of the Dispute Settlement Body’s meetings.

Appellate Body report adopted Back to top

DS58: United States Import prohibition of certain shrimp and shrimp products

At its meeting on 22 November, the DSB adopted the Appellate Body's report which upholds the panel findings that the measure applied by the United States is justified because it does not constitute arbitrary or unjustifiable discrimination as long as the ongoing serious, good faith efforts to reach a multilateral agreement for the protection and conservation of sea turtles remain satisfied.

DS132: Mexico Anti-dumping investigation of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) from the United States

The DSB adopted the Appellate Body's report which concluded that Mexico's revised determination imposing definitive anti-dumping duties on imports of HFCS from the United States is inconsistent with the Anti-Dumping Agreement.

Implementation of the recommendations of the DSB Back to top

DS192: United States Transitional safeguard measure on combed cotton yarn from Pakistan

The US notified the DSB that effective 9 November there are no more limits on the import of this product from Pakistan.


Other business Back to top

DS177: United States Safeguard Measures on Imports of Fresh,
Chilled or Frozen Lamb Meat

The US reported that on 14 November it completed the necessary legal steps to implement the decision to end safeguard measures on imports of lamb meat.

: US Section 110(5) of the US Copyright Act

The EC read a statement raising some comments on the Award of the Arbitrators in the dispute (DS160/ARB25/1), and asked for information from the United States about the status of implementation of the DSB recommendations in this dispute.

Next meeting Back to top

A special meeting of the DSB will take place on 5 December and the next regular meeting will be 18 December.

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