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WT/DS231 - European Communities - Trade description of sardines

WTO dispute settlement case - Complaint against the EU

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Summary of the case

  • Complaint by: Peru
  • Complaint against: EU
  • Third parties: Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, United States, Venezuela

Exclusive use of the trade description "sardines" for sardine pilchardus by Council Regulation (EEC) No. 2136/89.

Relevant WTO provision: GATT (III:4); TBT (2.1, 2.2, 2.4)


The panel and AB found EC Regulation 2136/89 to be in breach of Art. 2.4 of the TBT Agreement. The EC has implemented the WTO ruling through the amendment of Regulation 2136/89. A mutually agreed solution was notified to the WTO on 25 Jul. 2003.

  • Consultations requested: 20 March 2001
  • Panel requested: 07 June 2001
  • Panel established: 24 July 2001
  • Panel report circulated: 29 May 2002
  • Appeal requested: 25 June 2002
  • Appeal report circulated: 26 September 2002
  • Panel/Appellate Body report adopted: 23 October 2002
  • Implementation deadline: 01 July 2003


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