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  • China initiates dispute complaints against US solar cell duties, renewable energy measures
    China has requested WTO dispute consultations with the United States regarding US safeguard duties imposed on imports of crystalline silicon photovoltaic products. China has also requested WTO dispute consultations with the United States regarding measures at the state and municipal level that provide incentives for the use of domestically sourced renewable energy products and technologies. The two requests were circulated to WTO members on 16 August.

  • Registration opens for screening of “US — Softwood Lumber Pricing Methodology” hearing
    At the request of the parties in the dispute “US — Anti-Dumping Measures Applying Differential Pricing Methodology to Softwood Lumber from Canada” (DS534), the panel has decided to open its first substantive meeting to public observation on 12 and 13 September 2018. The live screening will take place at the WTO’s headquarters in Geneva.

  • Appellate Body issues report regarding Indonesian metal duties
    On 15 August the WTO Appellate Body issued its report in the cases brought by Chinese Taipei and Viet Nam in “Indonesia — Safeguard on Certain Iron or Steel Products” (DS490 and DS496)

  • WTO members review EU request for second compliance panel in Airbus dispute
    At a special meeting of the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) on 15 August, WTO members considered a request from the European Union for a dispute panel to determine whether the EU has complied with the findings in the latest WTO ruling on subsidies to Airbus. The DSB also noted that a request from the United States to suspend concessions against Indonesia in their dispute over Indonesia’s restrictions on imports of horticultural products, animals, and animal products has been referred to WTO arbitration.

  • WTO issues panel report regarding EU energy sector measures
    On 10 August the WTO circulated the panel report in the case brought by the Russian Federation in “European Union and its Member States — Certain Measures Relating to the Energy Sector” (DS476).

  • WTOI suggests trade momentum softening further in third quarter of 2018
    Trade expansion will likely slow further in the third quarter of 2018 according to the WTO’s latest World Trade Outlook Indicator (WTOI) released on 9 August. The most recent WTOI reading of 100.3 is below the previous value of 101.8 and just above the baseline value of 100 for the index, signalling an easing of trade growth in the coming months in line with medium-term trends. This loss of momentum reflects weakness in component indices including export orders and automobile production and sales, which may be responding to the ratcheting up of trade tensions.

  • Advanced training course for developing economies concludes at WTO
    Twenty-six government officials from across the world took part in an Advanced Course on the Economic Analysis of Trade Policy at the WTO from 26 July to 3 August 2018. The course taught participants ways to carry out trade policy research, collect data and implement quantitative analysis in a more autonomous way.

  • Morocco launches safeguard investigation on coated wood board
    On 27 July 2018, Morocco notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it had decided to initiate on 31 July 2018 a safeguard investigation on coated wood board.

  • WTO issues 2018 editions of its flagship statistical publications
    The WTO issued today (30 July) the latest editions of its annual statistical publications: World Trade Statistical Review, Trade Profiles and World Tariff Profiles.

  • WTO issues panel report regarding Russian measures on Ukrainian railway equipment
    On 30 July the WTO circulated the panel report in the case brought by Ukraine in “Russia — Measures affecting the importation of railway equipment and parts thereof” (DS499).

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