DS: United States — Safeguard measure on imports of large residential washers

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Summary of the dispute to date

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Complaint by Korea

On 14 May 2018, Korea requested consultations with the United States concerning definitive safeguard measures imposed by the United States on imports of large residential washers.

Korea claimed that the measures appear to be inconsistent with:

  • Articles 1, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 7.1, 7.4, 8.1, 12.1, 12.2 and 12.3 of the Agreement on Safeguards; and
  • Article I:1, II, X:3 and XIX:1(a) of the GATT 1994.

On 25 May 2018, Thailand requested to join the consultations. Subsequently, the United States informed the DSB that it had accepted the request of Thailand to join the consultations.


Panel and Appellate Body proceedings

On 14 August 2018, Korea requested the establishment of a panel. At its meeting on 27 August 2018, the DSB deferred the establishment of a panel.

At its meeting on 26 September 2018, the DSB established a panel. Brazil, China, the European Union, Egypt, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Norway, the Russian Federation, Thailand and Viet Nam reserved their third-party rights.

On 20 June 2019, Korea requested the Director-General to compose the panel. On 1 July 2019, the Director-General composed the panel.




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