DS: United States — Anti-Dumping Measures on Fish Fillets from Viet nam

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Complaint by Viet Nam

On 8 January 2018, Viet Nam requested consultations with the United States concerning certain anti-dumping measures on fish fillets from Viet Nam and other United States' legal instruments.

Viet Nam claimed that the measures appear to be inconsistent with:

  • Articles 1, 2.1, 2.4, 2.4.2, 6, 9, 11, 17.6(i) and Annex II of the Anti-Dumping Agreement;
  • Articles I:1, VI:1, VI:2 and X:3(a) of the GATT 1994;
  • Articles 3.7, 19.1, 21.1, 21.3 and 21.5 of the DSU;
  • Article XVI:4 of the WTO Agreement; and
  • Viet Nam's Protocol of Accession. 


Panel and Appellate Body proceedings

On 8 June 2018, Viet Nam requested the establishment of a panel. At its meeting on 22 June 2018, the DSB deferred the establishment of a panel.

At its meeting on 20 July 2018, the DSB established a panel. Canada, China, the European Union, Egypt, India, Japan, Malaysia, the Russian Federation, Singapore and Thailand reserved their third-party rights.

On 22 November 2018, Viet Nam requested the Director-General to compose the panel. On 30 November 2018, the Director-General composed the panel.

On 10 May 2019, the Chair of the panel informed the DSB that the panel expected to issue its final report to the parties by early December 2019. In its communication, the Chair also informed the DSB that the report would be available to the public once it was circulated to the Members in all three official languages, and that the date of circulation depends on completion of translation.



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