DS: European Communities — Regime for the Importation, Sale and Distribution of Bananas

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Complaint by Panama.

On 24 October 1997, Panama requested consultations with the EC in respect of the EC’s regime for the importation, sale and distribution of bananas as established through Regulation 404/93, as well as any subsequent legislation, regulations or administrative measures adopted by the EC, including those reflecting the Framework Agreement on Bananas. Panama did not specify the WTO provisions which the EC regime violates. This is the same regime that was the subject of a successful challenge by the US, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico (WT/DS27).


Mutually agreed solution

On 8 November 2012, the European Union and Panama notified the DSB of a mutually agreed solution pursuant to Article 3.6 of the DSU.


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