DS: Korea — Sunset Review of Anti-Dumping Duties on Stainless Steel Bars

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Complaint by Japan

On 18 June 2018, Japan requested consultations with Korea concerning Korea’s determination to continue the imposition of anti-dumping duties on stainless steel bars from Japan, based on the conclusion of the third sunset review of anti-dumping duties on stainless steel bars from Japan, India and Spain.

Japan claimed that the measures appear to be inconsistent with:

  • Articles 1, 6.5, 6.8, 6.9, 11.3, 11.4, 12.2, 12.3 and paragraphs 3 and 7 of Annex II of the Anti-Dumping Agreement; and
  • Article VI of the GATT 1994.


Panel and Appellate Body proceedings

On 13 September 2018, Japan requested the establishment of a panel. At its meeting on 26 September 2018, the DSB deferred the establishment of a panel.

At its meeting on 29 October 2018, the DSB established a panel. China, the European Union, India, Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation, Chinese Taipei and the United States reserved their third-party rights.

On 14 January 2019, Japan requested the Director-General to compose the panel. On 21 January 2019, the Director-General composed the panel.

On 3 September 2019, the Chair of the panel informed the DSB that the panel expected to issue its final report to the parties in the middle portion of 2020. In its communication, the Chair noted that the panel's work had been delayed due to a lack of personnel in the Secretariat available to staff disputes.



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