reports: Surveillance of implementation of recommendations
adopted by the DSB
European Communities — Regime for the importation, sale
and distribution of bananas Back
European Communities presented its status report on the new banana
import regime, based on a “first come — first served” system
(see document WT/DS27/51/Add.15). Part of this new regime will be
formally adopted shortly, said the EC. Colombia, Honduras, Guatemala,
Panama, Jamaica, St Lucia, Ecuador, Costa Rica, expressed concern at
the impact the new system would have on their banana exports.
Japan — Measures affecting agricultural products Back
(document WT/DS76/11/Add.11) announced that all technical questions
had been resolved and that only one administrative issue remained.
Canada — Measures affecting the importation of milk and
the exportation of dairy products Back
(document WT/DS103/12/Add.6) reminded the members that the
implementation period had ended on 31 January 2001 and confirmed that
it had implemented the recommendations and rulings of the DSB. New
Zealand, however, argued that through its new measures recently put in
place to implement the DSB recommendations, Canada continued to export
subsidized dairy products. The United States said that it did not
consider that Canada has brought its export regime for dairy products
into compliance with its export subsidy obligations.
India — Quantitative restrictions on imports of
agricultural, textile and industrial products Back
(document WT/DS90/16/Add.5) repeated its intention to implement by the
deadline of 1 April 2001.
Turkey — Restrictions on imports of textile and clothing
(document WT/DS34/12/Add.5) informed the DSB that Turkish authorities
had arrived at a highly advanced stage in their endeavour to find the
most appropriate solution. India reminded the DSB that the
implementation period expires on 19 February 2001 and that this was
therefore the last meeting before implementation was due. India
requested more details of the progress made. India also reiterated its
concern regarding the restrictions reportedly imposed by the Turkish
authorities on imports of fabric from India.
Chile — Taxes on alcoholic beverages Back
(WT/DS87/17/Add.1) announced that a bill calling for a single rate of
27 per cent for all alcoholic beverages as from 21 March 2003 was
currently before the Chilean Senate for approval.
Implementation of the recommendations of the DSB Back
Korea — Measures affecting imports of fresh, chilled and
announced that it had already implemented some elements of the DSB's
recommendations and that in order to complete the implementation
process it would need a reasonable period of time.
by Brazil Back
Canada — Measures supporting exports of aircraft
expressed its concern about Canada's announcement on 10 January 2001
concerning a new loan to be granted to its aircraft producer
Bombardier in an attempt to match Brazil's financing offers made to
win a contract from a US regional aircraft, Air Wisconsin.
argued that the new Canadian export subsidies were really unilateral
retaliatory measures. Brazil announced that it had requested
consultations with Canada concerning this issue (WT/DS222/1).
responded that its intention was to provide, for one specific
transaction, financing on the same terms that Brazil was now using to
support the sales of its aircraft producer Embraer. Canada also said
it retained full right to apply sanctions (suspension of concessions)
against Brazil as authorized by the WTO Dispute Settlement Body on 12
Panel set up in a new case Back
DS199: Brazil — Measures affecting patent protection
this was the second request from the United States, the DSB
automatically agreed to establish a panel to hear this case. Dominican
Republic, Honduras, India and Japan reserved third party rights.
US complains that Brazil discriminates the availability of patents and
the enjoyment of patent rights on the basis of whether products are
imported or locally produced.
time requests for panels to be set up Back
210: Belgium — Administration of measures establishing customs
duties for rice
European Commission, on behalf of Belgium, blocked the US' first
request (document WT/DS210/2) for the establishment of a panel, saying
that the request did not indicate clearly the trade measures at stake.
207: Chile — Price band system and safeguard measures relating to
certain agricultural products
blocked Argentina's first request (document WT/DS207/2) saying that
further consultations would hopefully lead to a bilateral solution.
to Article 21.5 of the DSU, review of implementation Back
Brazil — Export Financing programme for aircraft
requested the establishment of a panel to examine the WTO
compatibility of Brazil's revised aircraft financing system (PROEX 3).
DSB will revert to this issue at its next meeting.
of panel report Back
United States — Anti-dumping measures on stainless steel
plate in coils and stainless steel sheet and strip from Korea
DSB adopted the panel report.
United States said that it would inform the DSB of its intention with
respect to implementation in a timely manner.
“Other business”, Brazil announced that it had requested
consultations with the United States concerning certain provisions of
the US Patents Code.
United States said that Brazil's complaint seemed to be a reaction to
the panel established at the present meeting to examine Brazil's
measures affecting patent protection (Case DS199).
item withdrawn Back
United States — Safeguard measures on imports of fresh,
chilled or frozen lamb meat from New Zealand and Australia
item was removed from the agenda as the United States appealed the
panel report (document WT/DS177/R).