DISPUTE SETTLEMENT

DS: Czech Republic — Measure Affecting Import Duty on Wheat from Hungary

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Complaint by Hungary.

On 12 October 1998, Hungary requested consultations with the Czech Republic in respect of a regulation adopted by the Czech Republic which entered into force on 9 October 1998, and which allegedly increased the import duty of wheat originating in Hungary. Hungary asserted that the increased import duty on wheat (HS1001.1000, 1001.9099) exceeds several times the respective bound rates in the Czech Schedule for 1998. Hungary also alleged that it is the only country subject to this measure. Hungary contended that this measure is inconsistent with Articles I and II of GATT 1994, and Article 4 of the Agreement on Agriculture. Hungary invoked the urgency provision of the DSU (4.8), due to the severe economic and trade losses that are being caused by this measure, which was expected to remain in force until 26 April 1999.

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