Dispute Settlement Body 6 December 2005

DSB agrees to extend time-period for adoption of “zeroing” panel report

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Summary of the meeting  

There were 2 items on the agenda:

1.  United States — Laws, regulations and methodology for calculating dumping margins ("zeroing") (DS162)

The EC and the US jointly requested (WT/DS294/11) an extension of the time-period for adoption of the panel report until 31 January 2006. The report was circulated on 31 October 2005 and, according to DSU procedures, is due to be adopted or appealed by 30 December 2005. Both delegations explained that due to the heavy year-end demand on delegations and the Appellate Body, the additional time would provide greater flexibility in scheduling. The DSB agreed to the joint request.

2.  Mexico — Tax measures on soft drinks and other beverages (DS308)

At the start of the meeting, the chairman announced that Mexico had notified its intention to appeal the panel report in this dispute. Hence, the report was removed from the agenda.


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Next meeting  

Next regular meeting of the DSB is due to take place on 20 January 2006.