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WT/DS354 - Canada - Tax exemptions and reductions for wine and beer

WTO dispute settlement case - Launched by the EU

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  • Canada
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  • Dispute settlement
  • WTO - Case launched by the EU

Summary of the case

  • Complaint by: EU
  • Complaint against: Canada
  • Third parties: No third party

Canada has introduced new fiscal measures providing excise duty relief to Canadian wine and beer, while increasing excise duties on imported wine and beer. The new discriminatory regime has been applied since 1 July 2006.

Relevant WTO provision: Art. 3.1b and 3.2 of SCM agreement; Art. III:2 and III:4 of GATT 1994


The European Union requested WTO consultations with Canada on 29 November 2006. Consultations were held on 18 January 2007.

  • Consultations requested: 29 November 2006


Full case details and WTO documents on the WTO website

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