DS: Russian Federation — Additional Duties on Certain Products from the United States
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Complaint by the United States (See also DS557, DS558, DS559, DS560, DS561 and DS585)
On 27 August 2018, the United States requested consultations with the Russian Federation concerning the imposition by the Russian Federation of additional duties with respect to certain products originating in the United States.
The United States claimed that the measures appear to be inconsistent with:
- Articles I:1, II:1(a) and II:1(b) of the GATT 1994.
Panel and Appellate Body proceedings
On 22 November 2018, the United States requested the establishment of a panel. At its meeting on 4 December 2018, the DSB deferred the establishment of a panel.
At its meeting on 18 December 2018, the DSB established a panel. Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Switzerland, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine and Venezuela reserved their third-party rights.
On 8 January 2019, the United States requested the Director-General to compose the panel. On 25 January 2019, the Director-General composed the panel.
On 4 September 2019, the Chair of the panel informed the DSB that the panel expected to issue its final report to the parties by the second half of 2020. The Chair also informed the DSB that the report would be available to the public once it was circulated to the Members in all three official languages, and that the date of circulation depends on completion of translation. On 15 December 2020, the Chair of the panel informed the DSB that due to the delays caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, the panel now expected to issue its final report to the parties by the second half of 2021. On 16 December 2021, the Chair of the panel informed the DSB that after consulting with the parties, and considering that travel restrictions and measures limiting the number of persons allowed to attend in-person meetings do not allow the panel to host substantive meetings in person, the panel had decided to wait until in-person substantive meetings would be possible again in order to complete its work. The Chair apprised the DSB that the panel expected to issue its final report to the parties not earlier than the second half of 2022. On 23 January 2023, the Chair of the panel informed the DSB that the panel had consulted the parties again on the way forward in these proceedings and that, taking into account the parties' views, the panel had concluded that it was not in a position to set dates for the next steps in the proceedings. In view of this, the panel apprised the DSB that it expected to issue its final report to the parties not earlier than the end of 2023.
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