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20 июля, 19:54

Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of Dispute Settlement Body

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The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on 20 July 2018, 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”.

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20 июля, 19:54

Azevêdo addresses participants at Geneva Week for non-resident members and observers

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Director-General Roberto Azevêdo, on 20 July, addressed participants of “Geneva Week”, an event organized for WTO members and observers who do not have permanent missions in Geneva. He briefed the attendees on recent trade developments, including issues of particular interest to least-developed countries. He also highlighted the challenges currently facing the multilateral trading system and said the system should not be taken for granted. “It is only as resilient as our will to defend and strengthen it,” he underlined.

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20 июля, 19:20

WTO circulates panel report regarding Ukrainian fertilizer duties

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On 20 July the WTO circulated the panel report in the case brought by Russia in “Ukraine — Anti-Dumping Measures on Ammonium Nitrate” (DS493).

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19 июля, 20:00

Honduras files appeal against WTO panel ruling on tobacco plain packaging requirements

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Honduras filed an appeal on 19 July against a WTO panel report in the case brought by Honduras in “Australia — Certain Measures Concerning Trademarks, Geographical Indications and Other Plain Packaging Requirements Applicable to Tobacco Products and Packaging” (DS435). The panel circulated its report on 28 June 2018.

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19 июля, 19:48

United States initiates dispute complaints against five members over duties on US products

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The United States has requested WTO dispute consultations with Canada, China, the European Union, Mexico and Turkey regarding additional duties imposed by the five WTO members on imports of certain US products. The request was circulated to WTO members on 19 July.

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18 июля, 20:00

DDG Wolff: “Every effort must be expended” to improve the current trading system

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Greater efforts need to be made to maintain and improve the international trading system, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff said on 18 July. In remarks delivered in Washington, D.C., DDG Wolff said such efforts were needed to preserve and enhance economic prosperity and make trade freer, fairer and more inclusive. The text of his remarks is below:

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17 июля, 16:58

Trade Policy Review: Israel

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The fifth review of the trade policies and practices of Israel takes place on 17 and 19 July 2018. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of Israel.

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17 июля, 15:00

DG Azevêdo receives experts’ report on future of global trade governance

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WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo met on 17 July with representatives of the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s High-Level Board of Experts to receive their report on the Future of Global Trade Governance. The report outlines four complementary avenues that can be pursued to revitalize the WTO as a forum for trade cooperation and conflict resolution.

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12 июля, 20:00

Members advance discussion on the Fifth Review of the SPS Agreement

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WTO members showed a high level of engagement in advancing discussions on the Fifth Review of the Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) at a meeting of the SPS Committee on 12 and 13 July. The SPS Committee also reviewed specific SPS concerns raised by members that are affecting international trade, and elected Ms Noncedo Vutula of South Africa as the new committee chair.

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12 июля, 19:45

Switzerland initiates WTO dispute complaint against US steel, aluminium duties

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Switzerland has requested WTO dispute consultations with the United States regarding US duties on certain imported steel and aluminium products. The request was circulated to WTO members on 12 July.

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11 июля, 16:59

Trade Policy Review: China

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The seventh review of the trade policies and practices of China takes place on 11 and 13 July 2018. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of China.

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10 июля, 20:00

WTO holds workshop on SPS control, inspection and approval procedures

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More than 150 government officials attended a Workshop on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Control, Inspection and Approval Procedures in Geneva on 9 and 10 July 2018. The workshop provided a forum for discussions and experience-sharing on developments, challenges and practices in implementing Article 8 and Annex C of the SPS Agreement relating to these procedures.