DS: Mexico — Certain Pricing Measures for Customs Valuation and Other Purposes

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Complaint by Guatemala.

On 22 July 2003, Guatemala requested consultations with Mexico concerning certain Mexican customs rules, procedures and administrative practices which impose officially established prices for customs valuation and other purposes. Guatemala also contested the Mexican authorities’ practice of requiring a deposit or bond to guarantee the observance of these officially established prices.

In Guatemala’s view, Mexican customs rules, procedures and administrative practices at issue are inconsistent with Mexico’s obligations under the following WTO provisions:

  • Articles I, II, VII and X of GATT 1994;
  • Articles 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 15, 16 and 22 of the Customs Valuation Agreement;
  • Article 4 of the Agriculture Agreement;
  • Article XVI:4 of the WTO Agreement.



On 29 August 2005, Guatemala informed the DSB that, as a result of the consultations, Guatemala and Mexico had reached a mutually satisfactory solution concerning footwear and brushes, two areas that were severely affected by the measures imposed by Mexico, and that the request for consultations should be withdrawn.


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