DS222: “Canada — Export credits and loans guarantees for regional
requested the establishment of a panel to examine the WTO
compatibility of Canada's new aircraft financing system. This was
Brazil's first request but only one request is necessary for a panel
to be established in cases of claimed forbidden subsidies. The DSB
agreed to establish a panel. The European Communities, India and the
United States reserved third-party rights to participate in the
DS210 : “Belgium — Administration of measures
establishing customs duties for rice.”
United States requested for the second time the establishment of a
panel to look at Belgium's customs duties practices on imports of
rice. The EC argued that because the US had altered its request, this
request should be considered as its first one. Nonetheless, the EC
still accepted going ahead with a panel. The DSB agreed to establish a
panel. India reserved third-party rights.
DS207 : “Chile — Price band system and safeguard
measures relating to certain agricultural products.”
requested for the second time the establishment of a panel concerning
Chile's price band system and safeguard measures. The Dispute
Settlement Body (DSB) agreed to establish a panel. The European
Communities, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Japan,
Nicaragua, Paraguay and the United States reserved their third-party
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DS141: European Communities — Anti-dumping duties on imports of
cotton-type bed linen from India
DSB adopted the Appellate Body report and the Panel report as modified
by the Appellate Body report.
Members commented on the panel and Appellate Body's determination that
the practice of “zeroing” is incompatible with the WTO Agreement on
reports: Surveillance of implementation of recommendations
adopted by the DSB
European Communities — Regime for the importation, sale
and distribution of bananas
European Communities presented its status report on its new “first
come — first served” banana import regime (see document
WT/DS27/51/Add.16). The report includes the European Council
Regulation which amends the banana regime. The European Communities
announced that its new regime will apply from 1 July 2001.
delegations criticized the new regime, including Guatemala, Honduras,
Nicaragua, Panama and the United States.
Japan — Measures affecting agricultural products
and the United States announced that they had completed their
technical consultations and that they would notify the DSB of the
mutually satisfactory solution in the near future (see document
India — Quantitative restrictions on imports of
agricultural, textile and industrial products
(see document WT/DS90/16/Add.6) repeated its intention to implement by
the deadline of 1 April 2001.
Turkey — Restrictions on imports of textile and clothing
and India announced (see document WT/DS34/12/Add.6) that, following
the expiry of the reasonable period of time for implementation (19
February 2001), they had agreed on 8 March 2001 to hold consultations
within the next 30 days. In these consultations, the two parties will
discuss Turkey's compliance with the DSB's recommendations.
two countries also announced that they had reached a procedural
agreement (see document WT/DS34/13) on compliance review and request
for sanctions in case they cannot agree during the consultations.
Chile — Taxes on alcoholic beverages
announced that its new legislation — which provides for the
progressive reduction of taxes to a single rate for all alcoholic
beverages of 27 per cent as from 21 March 2003 — entered into force on
9 February 2001.
said it now considered it has complied with the DSB's recommendations.
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DS155: Argentina — Measures Affecting the Export of Bovine Hides
and the Import of Finished Leather
announced its intention to implement the DSB's recommendations and
that it had already taken the first step to introduce some changes in
the administration of its customs regulation. Argentina also said that
in order to complete the implementation process it would need a
reasonable period of time.
DS139: Canada — Certain measures affecting the automotive
“other business”, Canada informed the DSB that it has complied
with its recommendations.