On December 19, 2013, the European Union requested consultations with Brazil with respect to certain measures concerning taxation and charges in the automotive sector, the electronics and technology industry, goods produced in Free Trade Zones, and tax advantages for exporters.  The European Union claims that the measures are inconsistent with:

•Articles I:1, II:1(b), III:2, III:4 and III:5 of the GATT 1994;

•Articles 3.1(a) and 3.1(b) of the SCM Agreement; and

•Articles 2.1 and 2.2 of the TRIMs Agreement.