DS: European Communities — Measures Affecting Butter Products

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Complaint by New Zealand.

This request, dated 24 March 1997, is in respect of decisions by the EC and the United Kingdom’s Customs and Excise Department, to the effect that New Zealand butter manufactured by the ANMIX butter-making process and the spreadable butter-making process be classified so as to be excluded from eligibility for New Zealand’s country-specific tariff quota established by the European Communities’ WTO Schedule. New Zealand alleges violations of Articles II, X and XI of GATT, Article 2 of the TBT Agreement, and Article 3 of the Agreement on Import Licensing Procedures.


Panel and Appellate Body proceedings

On 6 November 1997, New Zealand requested the establishment of a panel. The DSB established a panel on 18 November 1997. The US reserved its third-party rights. At the request of the complainants, dated 24 February 1999, the Panel agreed, pursuant to Article 12.12 of the DSU, to suspend the panel proceedings.


Mutually agreed solution

In a communication dated 11 November 1999, the parties notified a mutually agreed solution to this dispute.


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