DS: Colombia — Measures Concerning Imported Spirits

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Complaint by the European Union

On 13 January 2016, the European Union requested consultations with Colombia regarding certain measures in relation to the treatment that Colombia accords at national and departmental level to imported alcoholic beverages. These measures allegedly adversely affect exports of spirits classified under HS 22.08 from the European Union to Colombia.

The European Union claims that the measures are inconsistent with:

  • Articles III:1; III:2, III:4; X:3(a) and XXIV:12 of the GATT 1994.

On 25 January 2016, the United States requested to join the consultations. On 27 January 2016, Canada requested to join the consultations. On 28 January 2016, Panama requested to join to the consultations. Subsequently, Colombia informed the DSB that it had accepted the request of Canada and the United States to join the consultations.

On 22 August 2016, the European Union requested the establishment of a panel. At its meeting on 5 September 2016, the DSB deferred the establishment of a panel.


Panel and Appellate Body proceedings

At its meeting on 26 September 2016, the DSB established a panel. Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, India, Kazakhstan, Korea, Mexico, Panama, the Russian Federation, Chinese Taipei and the United States reserved their third-party rights.



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