DISPUTE SETTLEMENT

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

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Consultations

Complaint by Switzerland (See also DS544, DS547, DS548, DS550, DS551, DS552, DS554 and DS564)

On 9 July 2018, Switzerland requested consultations with the United States concerning certain measures imposed by the United States to allegedly adjust imports of steel and aluminium into the United States.

Switzerland claimed that the measures appear to be inconsistent with:

  • Articles 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 7, 11.1(a), 12.1, 12.2, 12.3 and 12.5 of the Agreement on Safeguards; and
     
  • Articles I:1, II:1(a), II:1(b), X:3(a), XI:1, XIX:1(a) and XIX:2 of the GATT 1994; and
  • Article XVI:4 of the WTO Agreement.

On 13 July 2018, Thailand requested to join the consultations. On 18 July 2018, Canada requested to join the consultations. On 19 July 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 Switzerland, without prejudice to the US view that the measures imposed by the United States concern issues of national security not susceptible to review or capable of resolution by WTO dispute settlement and that the consultations provisions in the Agreement on Safeguards are not applicable.

On 20 July 2018, China, Mexico and the Russian Federation requested to join the consultations. On 23 July 2018, the European Union requested to join the consultations. On 29 August 2018, the United States requested the Chair of the DSB to circulate to Members a communication where it rejected the requests to join the consultations submitted by Canada, China, the European Union, Mexico, the Russian Federation and Thailand.

 

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