DS: Philippines — Measures Affecting Pork and Poultry

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Complaint by the United States.

This request, dated 1 April 1997, is in respect of the implementation by the Philippines of its tariff-rate quotas for pork and poultry. The US contends that the Philippines’ implementation of these tariff-rate quotas, in particular the delays in permitting access to the in-quota quantities and the licensing system used to administer access to the in-quota quantities, appears to be inconsistent with the obligations of the Philippines under Articles III, X, and XI of GATT 1994, Article 4 of the Agreement on Agriculture, Articles 1 and 3 of the Agreement on Import Licensing Procedures, and Articles 2 and 5 of TRIMs. The US further contends that these measures appear to nullify or impair benefits accruing to it directly or indirectly under cited agreements.


Mutually agreed solution

On 12 March 1998, the parties communicated a mutually agreed solution to their dispute.


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