DS: Canada — Measures Governing the Sale of Wine in Grocery Stores

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Complaint by the United States

On 18 January 2017, the United States requested consultations with Canada concerning measures maintained by the Canadian province of British Columbia governing the sale of wine in grocery stores.

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

  • Article III:4 of the GATT 1994.

On 30 January 2017, New Zealand requested to join the consultations. On 1 February 2017, Australia and the European Union requested to join the consultations. On 2 February 2017, Argentina requested to join the consultations. Subsequently, Canada informed the DSB that it had accepted the requests of Argentina, Australia, the European Union and New Zealand to join the consultations.



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