DISPUTE SETTLEMENT

DS: Canada — Additional Duties on Certain Products from the United States

This summary has been prepared by the Secretariat under its own responsibility. The summary is for general information only and is not intended to affect the rights and obligations of Members.

  

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Consultations

Complaint by United States (See also DS558, DS559, DS560, DS561, DS566 and DS585)

On 16 July 2018, the United States requested consultations with Canada concerning the imposition by Canada of increased duties with respect to certain products originating in the United States.

The United States claimed that the measures appear to be inconsistent with:

  • Articles I:1, II:1(a), and II:1(b) of the GATT 1994.

 

Panel and Appellate Body proceedings

On 18 October 2018, the United States requested the establishment of a panel. At its meeting on 29 October 2018, the DSB deferred the establishment of a panel.

At its meeting on 21 November 2018, the DSB established a panel. Brazil, China, Egypt, the European Union, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, the Russian Federation, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine and Venezuela reserved their third-party rights.

On 7 January 2019, the United States requested the Director-General to compose the panel. On 25 January 2019, the Director-General composed the panel.

 

Mutually Agreed Solution

On 23 May 2019, the United States and Canada notified the DSB that they had reached a mutually agreed solution, which consisted on Canada's elimination of surtaxes on imports of certain products from the United States. On 27 May 2019, the parties jointly wrote to the Panel advising it of their mutually agreed solution.

On 11 July 2019, the panel circulated its report to the Members. In accordance with Article 12.7 of the DSU, the panel report was confined to a brief description of the case and to reporting that a solution has been reached.

 

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