DS: European Communities — Measures Affecting Imports of Wood of Conifers from Canada

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Complaint by Canada.

On 17 June 1998, Canada requested consultations with the EC in respect of certain measures concerning the importation into the EC market of wood of conifers from Canada. The measures include, but are not limited to, Council Directive 77/93, of 21 December 1976, as amended by Commission Directive 92/103/EEC, of 1 December 1992, and any relevant measures adopted by EC Member states affecting imports of wood of conifers from Canada into the EC. Canada alleged that these adversely affect the importation into the EC market of wood of conifers from Canada. Canada alleged violations of Articles I, III and XI of GATT 1994, Articles 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 of the SPS Agreement, and Article 2 of the TBT Agreement. Canada also made a claim for nullification and impairment of benefits accruing to it indirectly under the cited agreements.


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