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WT/DS48 - European Communities - Measures affecting livestock and meat (Hormones)

WTO dispute settlement case - Complaint against the EU

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Summary of the case

  • Complaint by: Canada
  • Complaint against: EU
  • Third parties: Australia, New Zealand, United States

EC measures prohibiting the importation of livestock and meat from livestock that have been treated with growth hormones.

Relevant WTO provision: GATT (III, XI); SPS (2, 3, 5); TBT (2); Agriculture (4)


Same as the other 'hormones' case (DS26). On 26 July 1999, concessions were suspended at a level of US$116,8 million (USA) and CN$11,3 million (Canada). The EC adopted Directive 2003/74/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 Sept. 2003 (OJ of 14 Oct.) amending Council Directive 96/22/EC. On 7 Nov. 2003, the EC informed the DSB that it has now fully implemented the recommendations of rulings of the DSB in the aforementioned dispute. The US and Canada disagreed.

See case DS321 for the related case on the continuation of sanctions. On 22 December 2008 the EC requested consultations with Canada under Article 21.5 DSU.

  • Consultations requested: 28 June 1996
  • Panel requested: 16 September 1996
  • Panel established: 16 October 1996
  • Panel report circulated: 18 September 1997
  • Appeal requested: 24 September 1997
  • Appeal report circulated: 16 January 1998
  • Panel/Appellate Body report adopted: 13 February 1998
  • Implementation deadline: 13 May 1998


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