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Complaint by Canada.
On 14 April 2004, Canada request consultations
with the United States concerning: (i) the failure of the US Department
of Commerce (DOC) to complete expedited reviews of the countervailing
duty order concerning certain softwood lumber products from Canada in
order to promptly establish an individual countervailing duty rate for
each requesting exporter; and (ii) the refusal and failure of USDOC to
conduct company-specific administrative reviews of the same
countervailing duty order in order to establish a final individual
countervailing duty rate for each requesting exporter.
Canada claims that the United States has
violated its obligations under Articles 10, 19.1, 19.3, 19.4, 21.1,
21.2, 21.4 and 32.1 of the SCM Agreement and Article VI:3 of GATT 1994.
The final countervailing duty order whose
expedited and administrative reviews are at issue in this dispute was at
issue in WT/DS257.
Mutually agreed solution
On 12 October 2006, the United States and Canada informed the DSB that they had reached a mutually agreed solution under Article 3.6 of the DSU in the disputes WT/DS236, WT/DS247, WT/DS257, WT/DS264, WT/DS277 and WT/DS311. This solution was in the form of a comprehensive agreement (Softwood Lumber Agreement) between the United States and Canada, dated 12 September 2006.
On 23 February 2007, the United States and Canada informed the DSB that on 12 October 2006 they had concluded a further Agreement, which amended the original Agreement to facilitate its entry into force.
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