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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 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”.

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

  • Trade Policy Review: Israel
    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.

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

  • Switzerland initiates WTO dispute complaint against US steel, aluminium duties
    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.

  • Members advance discussion on the Fifth Review of the SPS Agreement
    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.

  • Trade Policy Review: China
    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.

  • Tunisia initiates WTO dispute complaint against Moroccan book duties
    Tunisia has requested WTO dispute consultations with Morocco regarding anti-dumping duties levied by Morocco on imports of school exercise books originating in Tunisia.

  • WTO holds workshop on SPS control, inspection and approval procedures
    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.

  • Advanced Course on Trade and Environment concludes at the WTO
    The fourth Advanced Course on Trade and Environment concluded on 6 July at the organization’s headquarters in Geneva. Twenty-five officials from trade and/or environment ministries representing 25 WTO members from all regions attended the course.

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