DS: United States — Certain Measures on Steel and Aluminium Products

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Complaint by China (See also DS547, DS548, DS550, DS551, DS552, DS554 and DS556)

On 5 April 2018, China requested consultations with the United States concerning certain duties that the United States had imposed on imports of steel and aluminium products.

China claimed that the measures appear to be inconsistent with:

  • Articles 2.1, 2.2, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 7, 11.1(a), 12.1, 12.2 and 12.3 of the Agreement on Safeguards; and
  • Articles I:1, II:1(a) and (b), X:3(a), XIX:1(a) and XIX:2 of the GATT 1994.

On 13 April 2018, the United States requested the Chair of the DSB to circulate to Members a communication where it indicated that the United States was willing to enter into consultations with China, without prejudice to the US view that China's letter of 4 April 2018 did not satisfy the requirements of Article 4 of the DSU.

On 17 April 2018, India requested to join the consultations. On 18 April 2018, the Russian Federation and Thailand requested to join the consultations. On 19 April 2018, the European Union and Hong Kong, China requested to join the consultations.





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