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Dispute Settlement Body 25 September 2001
Solution found in the “Apples” case between Japan and the United States

Japan and the United States presented their mutually agreed solution in the “Japan — Measures affecting agricultural products” case.

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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.

Status reports: Surveillance of implementation of recommendations adopted by the DSB Back to top

Case DS76: Japan — Measures affecting agricultural products Quick help for downloading

Japan announced that on 23 August 2001 Japan and the US had reached a mutually satisfactory solution (see document WT/DS76/12) with respect to conditions for lifting import restrictions on 8 products at issue, including apples. Japan said it was about the complete its domestic procedure in order to implement the new quarantine methodologies agreed upon between the two governments.

Case DS27: European Communities — Regime for the importation, sale and distribution of bananas Quick help for downloading

The EC presented a further report on its banana import regime informing that legislative work was taking place on the European Council Regulation necessary for transferring 100.000 tonnes of bananas from the C to the B quota and for reserving the C quota for ACP bananas. However, the EC said that such a modification could only intervene if and when the EC had obtained the relevant GATT waivers.

While Ecuador complained that the new European Commission proposal went further than the EC/US/Ecuador agreement, the European Council Regulation and even the Cotonou Association Agreement into granting preferences to African Caribbean Pacific (ACP) countries, St Lucia responded that on the contrary, ACP countries had had to give up 100.000 tonnes of their C quota.

Appointment of Appellate Body Members Back to top

The DSB adopted the recommendation of the Selection Committee concerning the appointment of 3 new Appellate Body Members. See press release.

Adoption of the annual report Back to top

Members adopted the 2001 annual report of the Dispute Settlement Body to the General Council.

Other business Back to top

Under other business, Korea announced the implementation of the DSB recommendations and rulings regarding the case “Korea — Measures affecting imports of fresh, chilled and frozen beef” (Case DS179). Concretely, Korea abolished its old import system and eliminated its dual retail system.

Next meeting Back to top

The next meeting of the DSB will take place on 15 October 2001.

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How to search for and download official documents

To search for documents on disputes follow this link to access the WTO on-line document database.

Insert the codes indicated (in particular, the dispute case number, e.g. “DS999”) in the “document symbol” window of the search engine.

Hint: To narrow down the search add a key word in the “Document title” window of the search engine.



Clicking the links to the left “Case DS76 or Case DS27” will launch a search for all documents on those cases in the Documents online database. Documents online runs in its own browser window, which you can close to return to the main site.
Please allow a moment for the lists to appear in the new window.

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