DS: United States — Measures Affecting Textiles and Apparel Products

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Complaint by the European Communities.

This request, dated 23 May 1997, is in respect of changes to US rules of origin for textiles and apparel products. The EC alleges that the US has introduced changes to its rules of origin for textile and apparel products, which affect exports of EC fabrics, scarves and other flat textile products to the US. As a result, the EC alleges that EC products are no longer recognised in the US as being of EC origin and lose the free access to the US market that they had hitherto enjoyed. The EC contends that these changes in US rules of origin are in violation of the obligations of the US under Articles 2.4, 4.2 and 4.4 of the ATC, Article 4.2 of the Agreement on Rules of Origin, Article III of GATT 1994, and Article 2 of the TBT Agreement.


Mutually agreed solution

On 11 February 1998, the two parties notified their mutually agreed solution.


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