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China Trade defence WTO disputes

Will WTO EU antidumping ruling compliance report bear on the EU’s China ‘market economy status’ debate?

Antidumping experts are still reading the long WTO compliance report published early this week on a 2012 ruling concerning antidumping measures on Chinese iron and steel fasteners. The ruling comes at a delicate time when the future of China’s ‘market economy status’ is being hotly discussed in the EU ahead …

China Trade defence WTO disputes

WTO appellate body rebuffs EU over implementation of ruling on China antidumping case. Retaliation in sight.

The ruling is likely to inflame the debate over the future of China’s market economy status.   On 18 January 2016, the WTO’s appellate body upheld a dispute settlement body ruling chiding the EU over its implementation of a 2012 ruling on measures imposed against iron or steel fasteners from …

LatAm & Caribbean Trade defence WTO disputes

EU challenges Colombia in WTO over spirits monopolies and taxation

The EU has filed a request for consultations with Colombia in the WTO’s dispute settlement body over what it believes is discriminatory treatment of European spirits in local markets. The move was welcomed by various spirits associations in the EU.   The Scottisch Whisky Association (SWA) stated: “the industry struggles …

China Trade defence

Commission rebuffs Pro Sun request to review benchmark price for Chinese solar cells

The price undertaking currently in force with Chinese solar panel producers remains based on the EU Commission’s initial international price benchmark, the DG Trade’s antidumping department decided.   Pro Sun, the lobby group behind the undertaking decided in 2013 requested one year ago that the EU review the benchmark price …

Enforcement of FTAs: lessons for TPP and new trade agreements
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Enforcement of FTAs: lessons for TPP and new trade agreements

In its communication on the Transpacific Partnership (TPP) Washington insists on the fact that the agreement is ‘enforceable’. ‘Enforceability’ involves a strong and trusted dispute settlement mechanism. If experience of previous trade agreements is to offer any guidance, enforceability of TPP cannot be taken for granted. The stakes are high for regional …