DS: Argentina — Measures Affecting Imports of Footwear

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Complaint by the United States.

On 1 March 1999, the US requested consultations with Argentina in respect of certain measures implemented by Argentina affecting imports of footwear. The US contended that:

  • in November 1998, Argentina adopted Resolution 1506 modifying Resolution 987 of 10 September 1997, which had established safeguard duties on imports of footwear from non-MERCOSUR countries. Resolution 1506 allegedly imposes a tariff-rate quota (TRQ) on such footwear imports in addition to the safeguard duties previously imposed, postpones any liberalization of the original safeguard duty until 30 November 1999, and liberalizes the TRQ only once during the life of the measure;
  • Argentina has not notified this measure to the Committee on Safeguards; and
  • the United States alleged violations of Articles 5.1, 7.4 and 12 of the Agreement on Safeguards.


Panel and Appellate Body proceedings

Further to the request of the United States, the DSB established a panel at its meeting of 26 July 1999. The panel has not yet been composed. See also complaint by Indonesia (WT/DS123) and complaint by the EC (WT/DS121).


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