DS: Romania — Measures on Minimum Import Prices

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Mutually Agreed Solution notified: 2 October 2001


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Summary of the dispute to date

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Complaint by the United States.

On 30 May 2000, the US requested consultations with Romania in respect of Romania’s use of minimum import prices for customs valuation purposes. The measures at issue were the Customs Code of 1997 (L141/1997), the Ministry of Finance General Customs Directive (Ordinance No. 5, 4 August 1998), and other related statutes and regulations. The United States asserted that, pursuant to these measures, Romania has established arbitrary minimum and maximum import prices for such products as meat, eggs, fruits and vegetables, clothing, footwear, and certain distilled spirits. The United States further asserted that Romania has instituted burdensome procedures for investigating import prices when the c.i.f. value falls below the minimum import price. The United States considered that Romania’s measures are inconsistent with its obligations under Articles 1 through 7, and 12 of the Customs Valuation Agreement; general notes 1, 2 and 4 of Annex 1 of the Customs Valuation Agreement; Articles II, X, and XI of the GATT 1994; Article 4.2 of the Agreement on Agriculture; and Articles 2 and 7 of the Agreement on Textiles and Clothing.


Mutually agreed solution

On 26 September 2001, the US and Romania informed the DSB that they had reached a mutually satisfactory solution pursuant to Article 3.6 of the DSU.



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