DS: Chile — Taxes on Alcoholic Beverages

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Complaint by the United States.

On 11 December 1997, the US requested consultations with Chile in respect of Chile’s internal taxes on alcoholic beverages, which allegedly impose a higher tax on imported spirits than on pisco, a locally brewed spirit. The US contended that this differential treatment of imported spirits violates Article III:2 of GATT 1994. Taxes on these beverages were at the time the subject of a complaint by the EC (WT/DS87), in respect of which a panel had already been established.


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