DS: China — Anti-Dumping measures on stainless steel products from Japan
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Complaint by Japan
On 11 June 2021, Japan requested consultations with China with respect to measures imposing anti-dumping duties on stainless steel billets, hot-rolled coils, and hot-rolled plates from Japan.
Japan claimed that these measures appear to be inconsistent with:
- Articles 1, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 4.1, 6.5, 6.5.1, 6.9, 12.2, and 12.2.2 of the Anti-Dumping Agreement; and
- Article VI of the GATT 1994.
Panel and Appellate Body proceedings
On 19 August 2021, Japan requested the establishment of a panel. At its meeting on 30 August 2021, the DSB deferred the establishment of a panel.
At its meeting on 27 September 2021, the DSB established a panel. Australia, Brazil, Canada, the European Union, India, Korea, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Chinese Taipei, the United States, and Viet Nam reserved their third-party rights.
On 13 January 2022, Japan requested the Director-General to compose the panel. On 24 January 2022, the Director-General composed the panel.
On 27 June 2022, the Chair of the panel informed the DSB that, due to the complexity and magnitude of the dispute and the need to ensure that the parties had sufficient time to prepare and present their cases, particularly given the challenges caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, the panel expected to issue its final report to the parties by the first quarter of 2023. The Chair of the panel apprised the DSB that the report would be available to the public once it was circulated to the Members in all three official languages, and that the date of circulation depends on completion of translation. On 17 March 2023, the Chair of the panel informed the DSB that the panel expected to issue its final report to the parties in May 2023.
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