DS: Dominican Republic — Anti-dumping Measures on Corrugated Steel Bars

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Complaint by Costa Rica

On 23 July 2021, Costa Rica requested consultations with the Dominican Republic with respect to antidumping measures imposed on the importation of corrugated or deformed steel bars or rods for the reinforcement of concrete originating in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica claimed that the measures at issue appear to be inconsistent with:

  • Articles 1, 2.1, 2.2, 2.2.1, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 3.5, 3.7, 5.1, 5.3, 5.8, 6.1, 6.1.3, 6.2, 6.4, 6.5, 6.5.1, 6.7, 6.9, 9.3 and 12.1.1 and Annex I of the Anti-Dumping Agreement; and
  • Articles VI and VI:2 of the GATT 1994.


Panel and Appellate Body proceedings

On 15 November 2021, Costa Rica requested the establishment of a panel. At its meeting on 29 November 2021, the DSB deferred the establishment of the panel.

At its meeting on 20 December 2021, the DSB established a panel. Canada, China, the European Union, India, Japan, Mexico, the Russian Federation, and the United States reserved their third-party rights.

On 28 March 2022, Costa Rica requested the Director-General to compose the panel. On 8 April 2022, the Director-General composed the panel.

On 7 October 2022, the Chair of the panel informed the DSB that in view of the Working Procedures and the Timetable that were prepared in consultation with the parties, and due to the complexity of the case and the parties' requests for additional time to prepare their submissions, the panel did not expect to issue its final report to the parties before the first quarter of 2023. The Chair 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 7 February 2023, the Chair of the panel informed the DSB that the panel expected to issue its final report to the parties by the end of the second quarter of 2023.



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