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.



Korea said it and the United States share the common understanding that a positive resolution to the dispute is desirable.  To this end, the parties have agreed to continue their discussions to reach a constructive outcome of the proceedings for the period specified in the joint request.

The United States said that, if adopted, the Korea-US request would facilitate the resolution of the dispute. The United States added that it remains open to further discussions with Korea on the way forward.

The DSB agreed to accept the joint request from Korea and the United States.

Korea and the United States jointly asked the DSB to agree that, no later than 7 July 2022, the DSB will adopt the panel's findings in the dispute “United States — Safeguard Measure on Imports of Large Residential Washers” (DS546) unless (i) the DSB decides by consensus not to do so or (ii) either party to the dispute notifies the DSB of its decision to appeal the ruling.

The panel in the DS546 dispute issued its report to WTO members on 8 February.  A summary of the findings is available here.  Under the WTO's Dispute Settlement Understanding, a panel report must normally be adopted by the DSB within 60 days of the report's circulation to members unless either party notifies its intention to appeal.

Next meeting

The next regular DSB meeting will take place on 27 April.



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