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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
Establishment of panels
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United States — Definitive safeguard measures on imports of certain
The DSB agreed to refer New Zealand’s complaint to the
panel established on 3 June. The panel now has seven complainants: EC,
Japan, Korea, China, Switzerland, Norway and New Zealand; and 14 third
parties: Brazil, Chinese Taipei, Switzerland, Norway, Japan, Korea,
Thailand, Canada, China, EC, Mexico, Turkey, Venezuela and Cuba.
The US regretted that New Zealand had chosen to challenge
their safeguard measures which, the US said, were fully consistent with
The EC welcomed the establishment of a single panel and
reminded Members that Brazil was currently in the process of consultations
with the US on the same matter.
Japan and Korea welcomed the establishment of a panel and
the parties’ agreement to a single panel.
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The next regular meeting of the DSB will be on 29 July.
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