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This summary has been prepared by the WTO Secretariat’s Information and External 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.

DS381: United States — measures concerning the importation, marketing and sale of tuna and tuna products

The panel report (WT/DS381/R) related to this dispute was circulated on 15 September 2011.

Under Article 16.4 of the Dispute Settlement Understanding (DSU), the 60-day period within which the DSB is obliged to adopt a panel report that is not appealed would have expired on 15 November 2011.

Taking into account the current workload of the Appellate Body, the US and Mexico jointly requested (WT/DS381/9) that the DSB adopt a draft decision to extend the 60-day time period to 20 January 2012.

Japan referred to its statements from the previous DSB meetings of 21 April 2011 and 27 September 2011 and added that a decision of this kind must remain an exception.

The DSB agreed to extend the deadline for the adoption or appeal of the panel report to 20 January 2012.


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The next meeting of the DSB will be held on 18 November 2011.

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