DS: United States — Tariff Increases on Products from the European Communities

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Complaint by the European Communities.

In its request for consultations, dated 17 April 1996, the EC claimed that the measures taken under the Presidential Proclamation No. 5759 of 24 December 1987 (retaliation against the “hormones” directive), which resulted in tariff increases on products from the European Communities, are inconsistent with GATT Articles I, II and XXIII, as well as DSU Articles 3, 22 and 23. On 19 June 1996, the EC requested the establishment of a panel. In its request, the EC further claimed that the United States apparently failed to “ensure the conformity of its laws, regulations and administrative procedures with its obligations” under the WTO, with respect to the application of Section 301 of the 1974 Trade Act in this case (WTO Agreement Article XVI:4).



The United States withdrew the measure on 15 July 1996, and the EC decided not to pursue its panel request, reserving its rights to reconvene, if necessary, a further meeting of the DSB at an early date.


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