DS: Qatar — Certain measures concerning goods from the United Arab Emirates

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Complaint by the United Arab Emirates

On 28 January 2019, the United Arab Emirates requested consultations with Qatar concerning measures imposed by Qatar relating to importing, stocking, distribution, marketing, or sale of goods from the United Arab Emirates.

The United Arab Emirates claimed that the challenged measures appear to be inconsistent with:

  • Articles I:1, III:4, X, XI:1 and XXIII:1(b) of the GATT 1994; and
  • Articles 23.1 and 23.2(a) of the DSU.


Panel and Appellate Body proceedings

On 11 April 2019, the United Arab Emirates requested the establishment of a panel. At its meeting on 26 April 2019, the DSB deferred the establishment of a panel.

At its meeting on 28 May 2019, the DSB established a panel. Afghanistan, Bahrein, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, the European Union, India, Japan, Mexico, Norway, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States reserved their third-party rights.




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