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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.

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Compliance panel established

DS27: EC — Regime for the Importation, Sale and Distribution of Bananas

The DSB has set up a compliance panel, under DSU article 21.5, at the request of the US (WT/DS27/83).

The US said more than a decade after this dispute began the EC still appeared not to have come into compliance with the DSB's recommendations. The US said this was the reason why they requested the panel. Nonetheless, the US remained fully committed to a negotiated settlement to this dispute.

The EC said it was an unfortunate move by the US and questioned the US's interest in this case as the US is not a producer or exporter of bananas. The EC stated it had already implemented the ruling but would not object to the establishment of the panel.

Panama, Nicaragua and Ecuador supported the US request and declared they were still ready to negotiate a solution.

Jamaica and Cameroon declared they always supported a negotiated solution rather than litigation.


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Next meeting 

The next DSB meeting will take place on 24 July 2007.

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