woensdag 28 juli 2021

WTO: Panel established to review Chinese measures on imports of Canadian canola seeds

Panel established to review Chinese measures on imports of Canadian canola seeds
At a meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) on 26 July, WTO members agreed to the establishment of a panel at Canada's request to examine measures in China affecting the import of canola seed from Canada. Members also considered a request from China for the establishment of a panel to review...
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Working group on small business close to finalizing ministerial declaration
Members of the Informal Working Group on Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) on 26 July moved closer to a final draft ministerial declaration for the WTO's 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12). The Group also reviewed the implementation of the package of declarations and recommendations...
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EU challenges Russian import substitution measures in new WTO dispute complaint
The European Union has requested WTO dispute consultations with the Russian Federation regarding Russian measures which the EU alleges form part of an import substitution programme. The request was circulated to WTO members on 26 July.
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Members welcome formal resumption of Sudan WTO accession talks
WTO members welcomed Sudan's renewed commitment to advancing talks on its WTO membership terms during a 26 July meeting of the working party on the accession of Sudan. The meeting was the first for the working party in more than four years.
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WTO panel issues report regarding Moroccan duties on school books from Tunisia
On 27 July the WTO circulated the panel report in the case brought by Tunisia in "Morocco — Definitive Anti-Dumping Measures on School Exercise Books from Tunisia" (DS578).
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WTO booklet highlights members' activities in 2020 on food safety, animal and plant health
A new booklet launched on 27 July highlights strong engagement from WTO members at all levels of development in transparency and prevention of trade disputes. The information contained in the booklet is based on the 2020 review of members' implementation of the Agreement on the Application of...
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Costa Rica initiates WTO dispute case against Dominican Republic over steel bar duties
Costa Rica has requested WTO dispute consultations with the Dominican Republic regarding anti-dumping duties imposed by the Dominican Republic on imported corrugated steel bars from Costa Rica. The request was circulated to WTO members on 27 July.
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Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu gives CHF 144,000 to help LDCs engage in Ministerial Conference
The Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu (Chinese Taipei) is contributing CHF 144,000 to help least-developed countries (LDCs) participate in the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference, which will take place the week of 30 November 2021 in Geneva.
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Members agree on 2021 chairs for subsidiary bodies of Goods Council
The WTO General Council, on 28 July, noted consensus on a slate of names of chairpersons for the 14 subsidiary bodies that report to the Council for Trade in Goods. Ambassador Dacio Castillo (Honduras), General Council chair, said he will hold consultations with members on how to improve the...
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Open trade policies vital to support growth in solar energy, highlights new booklet
The WTO and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) have launched a new booklet highlighting the need for open trade policies and harmonized product standards to support the deployment of solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies. By assisting an expansion in solar energy, trade can...
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