DS: China — Tariff Rate Quotas for Certain Agricultural Products

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Summary of the dispute to date

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Complaint by the United States

On 15 December 2016, the United States requested consultations with China concerning China's administration of its tariff rate quotas, including those for wheat, short- and medium- grain rice, long grain rice, and corn.

The United States claimed that the measures appear to be inconsistent with:

  • Articles X:3(a), XI:1 and XIII:3(b) of the GATT 1994; and
  • Paragraph 1.2 of Part I of China's Protocol of Accession (to the extent that it incorporates paragraph 116 of the Report of the Working Party on the Accession of China).

On 22 December 2016, Australia and the European Union requested to join the consultations. On 29 December 2016, Canada and Thailand requested to join the consultations.


Panel and Appellate Body proceedings

On 18 August 2017, the United States requested the establishment of a panel. At its meeting on 31 August 2017, the DSB deferred the establishment of a panel.

At its meeting on 22 September 2017, the DSB established a panel. Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, the European Union, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Norway, the Russian Federation, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Ukraine and Viet Nam reserved their third-party rights.



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