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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
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Recourse to suspension of concessions back to top
United States — Continue dumping and subsidy offset act of 2000
Eight member countries, Brazil, Chile, the European Communities, India,
Japan, Korea, Canada and Mexico, requested authorization to suspend the
application of concessions to the United States. The eight complainants
commented that the United States still had not implemented the DSB
recommendations after the expiry of the implementation time on 27 December 2003, and that sanctions were the only tool left to them to get the US to
The suspension of concessions would be equivalent to the annual offset
payments made by the US government to domestic producers under the Byrd
Amendment, the complainants said.
The United States objected to the eight requests of suspension of
concessions, arguing inter alia that they failed to specify a level of
suspension and were inadequate for the arbitrator to perform his
The requests were referred to arbitration.
meeting back to top
The next meeting of the DSB will take place on 17 February 2004.
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