DS: Pakistan — Anti-Dumping Measures on Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene Film from the United Arab Emirates

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Complaint by the United Arab Emirates

On 24 January 2018, the United Arab Emirates requested consultations with Pakistan concerning Pakistan's anti-dumping measures on imports of biaxially oriented polypropylene film from the United Arab Emirates.

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

  • Articles 1, 2.1,, 2.2, 2.2.1, 2.2.2, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 3.5, 5.2, 5.3, 5.8, 5.10, 6.2, 6.4, 6.5, 6.5.1, 6.8, 6.9, 9, 11.1, 11.2, 11.3, 11.4, 12.1, 12.2, 12.3, 18.1 and Annex II of the Anti-Dumping Agreement;
  • Articles VI:1 and VI:2 of the GATT 1994.


Panel and Appellate Body proceedings

On 15 May 2018, the United Arab Emirates requested the establishment of a panel. At its meeting on 28 May 2018, the DSB deferred the establishment of a panel.

At its meeting on 29 October 2018, the DSB established a panel. Afghanistan, China, the European Union, Japan, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, and the United States reserved their third-party rights. On 14 November 2018, Oman reserved its third-party rights.

Following agreement of the parties, the panel was composed on 7 May 2019.

On 23 October 2019, the Chair of the panel informed the DSB that the beginning of the panel's work had been delayed as a result of a lack of available experienced lawyers in the Secretariat. The Chair's communication indicated that the panel did not expect to issue its final report to the parties before the second half of 2020.



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