DS: Argentina — Measures Affecting Textiles, Clothing and Footwear

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Complaint by the European Communities.

This request dated 23 April 1997, is in respect of a range of specific duties on textiles and clothing which have allegedly resulted in increased duties and have led to applied tariffs that exceed the 35% binding made by Argentina. The EC contends that these measures are a violation of Argentinaís commitments under Article II of GATT 1994, and also of Article 7 of the ATC. See similar US complaint in WT/DS56 pending before a panel.


Panel and Appellate Body proceedings

On 10 September 1997, the European Communities requested the establishment of a panel. At its meeting on 16 October 1997, the DSB established a panel. The United States reserved its third-party rights. On 29 July 1998, the Chair of the panel informed the DSB that the panel had suspended its work at the request of the European Communities, pursuant to Article 12.12 of the DSU.



Pursuant to DSU Article 12.12, the panelís authority lapsed on 29 July 1999, 12 months having passed since the suspension of the panelís work.


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