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  • Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of Dispute Settlement Body
    The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on 16 July 2019, of the Dispute Settlement Body, which consists of all WTO members and oversees legal disputes among them. The meeting notice is circulated in the form of a document officially called an “airgram”.

  • DDG Wolff: The opportunity for reform of the trading system must not be squandered
    Speaking at an event held at the Banque de France Conference Centre in Paris on 16 July to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Bretton Woods Agreements, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff called on leaders to ensure “open trade under agreed global rules is an essential part of a revitalized international economic order that can continue to deliver the benefits that its founders envisioned”. An opportunity for reform of the WTO has been created, he said, which should result in the creation of an updated and strengthened multilateral trading system.

  • Appellate Body issues report on US compliance with countervailing duties ruling
    On 16 July the Appellate Body issued its report in the case brought by China in “United States — Countervailing Duty Measures on Certain Products from China — Recourse to Article 21.5 of the DSU By China” (DS437).

  • Trade Policy Review: North Macedonia
    The second review of the trade policies and practices of North Macedonia takes place on 15 and 17 July 2019. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of North Macedonia.

  • WTO issues second compliance panel report regarding Thai measures on imported cigarettes
    On 12 July 2019 the WTO circulated the panel report in the compliance case initiated by the Philippines in “Thailand — Customs and Fiscal Measures on Cigarettes from the Philippines — Second Recourse to Article 21.5 of the DSU by the Philippines” (DS371).

  • Belarus reaffirms intent to complete WTO accession by next Ministerial Conference
    At the 12th meeting of the Working Party on the Accession of Belarus on 11 July, a high-level government delegation led by First Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Turchin reaffirmed the strong intention of Minsk to complete WTO accession negotiations by the next WTO Ministerial Conference, which will take place in June 2020 in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. The high-level political engagement was welcomed by members, who nevertheless urged Belarus to make an extra effort to update its trade regime in conformity with WTO norms if the target date is to be met.

  • WTO issues panel reports regarding US measures on Canadian, Mexican steel and aluminium
    On 11 July the WTO circulated two panel report in the cases brought by Canada and Mexico in “United States — Certain Measures on Steel and Aluminium Products” (DS550) and “United States — Certain Measures on Steel and Aluminium Products” (DS551).

  • WTO issues panel reports regarding Canadian, Mexican duties on US products
    On 11 July the WTO circulated two panel report in the cases brought by the United States in “Canada — Additional Duties on Certain Products from the United States” (DS557) and “Mexico — Additional Duties on Certain Products from the United States” (DS560).

  • Follow-up Session begins for 14th Advanced Course on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures
    19 experts from nine Latin American countries are participating in the Follow-Up Session on the 14th edition of the Advanced Course on the WTO Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (The “SPS Agreement”). The course, organized by the Agriculture and Commodities Division in collaboration with the Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation (ITTC), is being held at WTO Headquarters in Geneva from 10 to 19 July 2019.

  • Costa Rica launches safeguard investigation on white sugar
    On 9 July 2019, Costa Rica notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated a safeguard investigation on white sugar. As regards the timing of initiation, the notification states as follows.

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