Viet Nam claims the challenged US measures are inconsistent with a number of provisions under the WTO's Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures as well as the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994.
Further information is available in document WT/DS540/1
What is a request for consultations?
The request for consultations formally initiates a dispute in the WTO. Consultations give the parties an opportunity to discuss the matter and to find a satisfactory solution without proceeding further with litigation. After 60 days, if consultations have failed to resolve the dispute, the complainant may request adjudication by a panel.