DS: Australia — Measures Affecting the Importation of Salmonids

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Complaint by the United States.

This request for consultations, dated 17 November 1995, concerns the same regulation alleged to be in violation of the WTO Agreements in WT/DS18, in respect of which the reports of the panel and Appellate Body have already been adopted and are awaiting implementation.


Panel and Appellate Body proceedings

On 11 May 1999, the United States requested the establishment of a panel. At its meeting on 16 June 1999, the DSB established a panel. Canada; the European Communities; Hong Kong, China; India and Norway reserved their third-party rights. On 9 November 1999, the Chair of the panel informed the DSB that the panel had agreed with the United States' request to suspend its work, pursuant to Article 12.12 of the DSU, until such time as the panelists have completed their work in the ongoing proceeding requested by Canada pursuant to Article 21.5 of the DSU (DS18) or for eleven months, whichever is the earlier. On 29 March 2000 and on 12 May 2000, the Chair of the panel informed the DSB that, further to the United States' request, the panel had agreed to suspend its work pursuant to Article 12.12 of the DSU, until 29 April 2000, and 17 July 2000, respectively.


Mutually agreed solution

On 27 October 2000, the parties to the dispute notified a mutually satisfactory solution on the matter to the DSB.


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