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Macao/WTO: Ratification of Trade Facilitation Agreement

(Apr. 18, 2016) On April 11, 2016, Macao, China deposited with the World Trade Organization (WTO) Secretariat its instrument of acceptance of the new WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), becoming the 72nd WTO Member State to ratify the Agreement.  The TFA will enter into force upon ratification by two-thirds of the WTO Member States, or […]

Seychelles; World Trade Organization: WTO Membership Accepted

(May 5, 2015) On April 26, 2015, Seychelles was officially accepted as the 161st member of the World Trade Organization (WTO). (WTO Welcomes Seychelles as Its 161st Member, WTO website (Apr. 27, 2015).) The process, which took 20 years, is one of the longest accession procedures in WTO history; the average time for completion of […]

European Union; China; World Trade Organization: EU Deems Anti-Dumping Duties on Steel imports from China Discriminatory

(Sept. 13, 2013) On August 16, 2013, the European Union (EU) requested that the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva decide on a dispute between the EU and China arising from anti-dumping duties imposed by China on imports of high-performance stainless steel seamless tubes (HP-SSST) from the EU. The tubes are used mainly in super […]

Brazil; World Trade Organization: New WTO General Director Is a Brazilian Diplomat

(May 8, 2013) For the first time, a Latin-American citizen will lead the World Trade Organization (WTO). Roberto Azevêdo, a Brazilian diplomat, was selected to be the Director-General of the WTO for the next four years. Azevêdo defeated former Mexican Trade Minister Herminio Blanco in the final round of the selection process to determine who […]

World Trade Organization: Accession for Least Developed Countries Being Streamlined

(July 17, 2012) On July 6, 2012, Members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) validated a decision of the Sub-Committee on Least Developed Countries to streamline and facilitate the WTO accession process for least developed countries (LDCs). According to a WTO statement about this recent action, to date 32 of the 48 LDCs listed by […]

World Trade Organization: Appellate Body Issues Annual Report

(June 15, 2012) On June 13, 2012, the Appellate Body (AB) of the World Trade Organization issued its Annual Report for 2011. (Appellate Body Issues Annual Report for 2011, WT/AB/17 (June 13, 2012), WTO website.) The AB, which is located in Geneva, Switzerland, was established in 1995 under Article 17 of the Understanding on Rules […]

Mexico; World Trade Organization: Economy Secretariat Accuses China of Unfair Trade Practices

(Nov. 23, 2011) The Secretariat of Economy of Mexico has continued to criticize before the World Trade Organization (WTO) China's trade practices deemed detrimental to fair and equitable competition. Highlighted among these practices are undervaluation, trade diversion, incorrect tariff classification of goods, and misrepresentation of the invoice value of packaged or bundled goods. The Secretary […]

World Trade Organization: Panel Rules in China’s Favor on Anti-Dumping Complaint Involving Fasteners

(Dec. 16, 2010) On December 3, 2010, the World Trade Organization (WTO) issued a panel report that examined a complaint by China against the European Union in the case ” European Communities – Definitive AD [Anti-Dumping] Measures on Certain Iron or Steel Fasteners from China” (DS397). The dispute panel supported China's claims that the EU […]

World Trade Organization: Panel Rules Against EU for Tariffs on Certain High-Tech Goods

(Sept. 27, 2010) On September 21, 2010, the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) formally adopted a panel ruling that condemns the European Union for keeping in place import tariffs on high technology goods in three categories: flat-panel displays, Internet-accessible cable and satellite set-top boxes, and multifunctional digital machines (e.g., devices […]

Australia; New Zealand; World Trade Organization: Restrictions on Importation of New Zealand Apples Found Inconsistent with Trade Agreement

(Aug. 20, 2010) On August 9, 2010, a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute panel issued its final report on a trade dispute involving a complaint by New Zealand that measures imposed by Australia on the importation of apples from New Zealand breached the WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS Agreement). […]