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

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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.

On 9 December 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 expected to issue its final report to the parties in the first quarter of 2021.



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