DS: European Communities — Trade Description of Scallops

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Complaints by Canada, Peru and Chile.

The complaint concerned a French Government Order laying down the official name and trade description of scallops. Complainants claimed that this Order will reduce competitiveness on the French market as their product will no longer be able to be sold as “Coquille Saint-Jacques” although there is no difference between their scallops and French scallops in terms of colour, size, texture, appearance and use, i.e. it is claimed they are “like products”. Violations of GATT Articles I and III and TBT Article 2 were alleged.


Panel and Appellate Body proceedings

A panel was established at the request of Canada on 19 July 1995. A joint panel was established on 11 October 1995 at the request of Peru and Chile on the same subject. On 2 May 1996, the Chair of the panel informed the DSB that, at the request of the complainants, the panel had agreed to postpone the issuance of its final report until 10 May 1996. On 13 May 1996, the Chair of the panel informed the DSB that the panel had agreed with the complainants' request to suspend the proceedings pursuant to Article 12.12 of the DSU in view of the consultations being held among the parties to reach a mutually agreed solution.


Mutually Agreed Solution

The parties notified a mutually agreed solution to the DSB on 5 July 1996. Brief panel reports noting the settlement were circulated to Members on 5 August 1996 in accordance with the provisions of Article 12.7 of the DSU.


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