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WT/DS363 - Measures affecting trading rights and distribution services for certain publications and audiovisual entertainment products

WTO dispute settlement case - EU as third party

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WTO - EU as third party

Summary of the case

  • Complaint by: United States
  • Complaint against: China
  • Third parties: EU, Argentina, Japan, Korea, Republic Of, Taiwan (Chinese Taipei)

The US claims the WTO inconsistency of certain Chinese measures that restrict trading rights with respect to certain publications and audiovisual products; that limit distribution services for publications, audiovisual products such as DVDs, sound recordings or films; that limit the distribution the distribution of sound recordings.

Relevant WTO provision: China's Protocol of Accession, Articles XI.1, III.4; Articles XVI and XVII of GATT; GATS


The first written submission of the United States was received on 13 May 2008.

  • Consultations requested: 10 April 2007
  • Panel requested: 10 October 2007
  • Panel established: 27 November 2007
  • Panel report circulated: 11 October 2007


EU submissions and other related documents

Full case details and WTO documents on the WTO website

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