WTO NEWS: 2004 NEWS ITEMS
Dispute Settlement Body 6 July 2004
DSB establishes a panel on Mexican tax measures on soft drinks and other beverages
The Dispute Settlement Body, on 6 July 2004, established a panel to examine the Mexican tax measures on soft drinks and other beverages (DS308).
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DS308: Mexico — Tax measures on soft drinks and other beverages
For the second time, the US requested the establishment of a panel regarding the Mexico's tax measures on soft drinks and other beverages. The US claimed that these tax measures discriminate against beverages and syrups made with any sweetener other than cane sugar. The US said that although Mexico suggested that it was premature to establish a panel because the industry was considering the matters, the negotiations have been ongoing for nearly a year without any outcome.
Mexico responded that it disagreed with the view that the Mexico's tax measures are WTO inconsistent but it can not go against the US' second request for panel establishment.
The DSB agreed to establish a panel and the following members requested to be third parties: European Communities, Canada, China, Japan and Pakistan.
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The next regular DSB will meet on 20 July 2004.
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