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WT/DS323 - Japan - Import Quotas on Dried Laver and Seasoned Laver

WTO dispute settlement case - EU as third party

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Dispute settlement
WTO - EU as third party

Summary of the case

  • Complaint by: Korea, Republic Of
  • Complaint against: Japan
  • Third parties: EU, China, New Zealand, United States

At issue were the import quotas imposed by Japan on dried laver (classified in Japan's customs tariff schedule under line 1212.20-1-(1)) and seasoned laver (classified in Japan's customs tariff schedule under line 2106.90-2-(2)-E-(b)) and the administration of these quotas by Japan. Korea claimed that the import quotas on dried and seasoned laver are inconsistent with Japan's obligations under Article XI of the GATT 1994 and Article 4.2 of the Agreement on Agriculture and that the administration of these quotas is inconsistent with Article X:3(a) of the GATT 1994.

Relevant WTO provision: Articles X and XI of the GATT 1994 and Article 4.2 of the Agreement on Agriculture

Status

Japan and Korea found a mutually agreed solution.

  • Consultations requested: 01 December 2004
  • Panel requested: 04 February 2005
  • Panel established: 21 March 2005
  • Panel report circulated: 01 February 2006

Documents

EU submissions and other related documents

Full case details and WTO documents on the WTO website

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