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WT/DS475 - Russian Federation - Measures on the importation of live pigs, pork and other pig products from the EU

WTO dispute settlement case - Launched by the EU

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WTO - Case launched by the EU

Summary of the case

  • Complaint by: EU
  • Complaint against: Russian Federation
  • Third parties: Australia, Brazil, China, India, Japan, Korea, Republic Of, Norway, South Africa, Taiwan (Chinese Taipei), United States

In January 2014, four cases of wild boar affected by African Swine Fever (ASF) were identified in Lithuania and Poland, near the Belarusian border. As a reaction, Russia banned all imports of livestock, fresh pork and other pig products coming from the European Union. Immediately after the discovery of ASF, the EU has put in place measures to prevent its further spread on the basis of prevailing international standards of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). Despite these preventive EU actions, Russia refuses to accept safe imports from the non-affected areas in the EU.

Relevant WTO provision: SPS Agreement: Articles 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 5.7, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 7, 8, Annex B, and Annex C


The dispute has reached the panel proceedings stage. The EU has submitted its first written submission on 14 January 2015.

  • Consultations requested: 08 April 2014
  • Panel requested: 27 June 2014
  • Panel established: 22 July 2014


EU submissions and other related documents

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