DISPUTE SETTLEMENT

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

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 Turkey (See also DS544, DS547, DS548, DS550, DS551, DS552, DS554 and DS556)

On 15 August 2018, Turkey requested consultations with the United States concerning certain measures imposed by the United States allegedly affecting imports of steel and aluminium into the United States.

Turkey claimed that the measures appear to be inconsistent with:

  • Articles 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 7, 8.1, 9.1, 11.1(a), 11.1(b), 12.1, 12.2 and 12.3 of the Agreement on Safeguards;
     
  • Articles I:1, II:1(a), II:1(b), X:3(a), XI:1, XIII:1, XIX:1(a) and XIX:2 of the GATT 1994; and
     
  • Article XVI:4 of the WTO Agreement.

On 24 August 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 Turkey, 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 24 August 2018, the European Union requested to join the consultations. On 29 August 2018, the Russian Federation requested to join the consultations. On 30 August 2018, Canada, China, Mexico and Thailand requested to join the consultations. On 11 October 2018, the United States requested the Chair of the DSB to circulate to Members a communication where it rejected all the above requests.

 

Panel and Appellate Body proceedings

On 18 October 2018, Turkey 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. Canada, China, Colombia, the European Union, Guatemala, Hong Kong, China, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Norway, Qatar, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Switzerland, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, Ukraine and Venezuela reserved their third-party rights.

 

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