United States Secures Final Win in Tuna / Dolphin-Safe Labeling Dispute with Mexico

December 14, 2018

Washington, DC – The U.S. Trade Representative today responded to the World Trade Organization (WTO) appellate report in the US – Tuna / Dolphin-Safe Labeling dispute brought by Mexico against the United States, finding in favor of the United States.

“The WTO has finally confirmed – as we’ve said all along – that U.S. dolphin-safe labeling requirements are consistent with WTO rules,” said U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.  “After more than 10 years and multiple erroneous WTO reports, the latest compliance reports have finally reached the right conclusion, ending this long-standing dispute. The WTO dispute settlement system should not be used to impose new obligations on WTO Members, and it should not encourage countries to use aggressive litigation tactics to attack fair and neutral environmental measures.”