DISPUTE SETTLEMENT

DS: United States — Measures Affecting Textiles and Apparel Products (II)

This summary has been prepared by the Secretariat under its own responsibility. The summary is for general information only and is not intended to affect the rights and obligations of Members.

  

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Complaint by the European Communities.

This dispute, dated 19 November 1998, is in respect of alleged changes to US rules of origin for textiles and apparel products. The EC discloses that this issue was the subject of an earlier request for consultations (WT/DS85), in respect of which a mutually agreed solution was notified to the DSB, pursuant to Article 3.1 of the DSU. However, the EC contends that the US has not implemented its commitments as contained in that agreement with the result that, in the EC view, the US is still acting in a manner inconsistent with its obligations under the WTO. The dispute concerns changes allegedly introduced by the US to its rules of origin for textiles and apparel products, which entered into force on 1 July 1996, which changes adversely affect exports of EC textile products to the US, in that as a result of these changes EC products are allegedly no longer recognized in the US as being of EC origin. The EC alleges violations of Articles 2.4, 4.2 and 4.4 of the ATC, Article 2 of the Agreement on Rules of Origin, Article III of GATT 1994, and Article 2 of the TBT Agreement.

 

Mutually agreed solution

In a communication dated 24 July 2000, the parties notified a mutually agreed solution to this dispute.

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