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Tariff Rate Quotas for Certain Agricultural Products


Key Facts

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Short Title: China – TRQs
Respondent: China
Third Parties: Brazil; Canada; Ecuador; Guatemala; Chinese Taipei; European Union; Norway; Ukraine; Japan; Korea; India; Kazakhstan; Australia; Indonesia; Vietnam;
Complaintant(s): United States;
Dispute Number: DS517
Link to Dispute Site: https://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/dispu_e/cases_e/ds517_e.htm
Dispute Subject(s): China's Accession Protocol; GATT 1994;
Dispute Status: Pending


On December 15, 2016, the United States requested consultations with China regarding China's administration of its tariff rate quotas, including those for wheat, corn, and short-, medium- and long-grain rice. 

On December 22, 2016, Australia and the EU requested to join the consultations.  On December 29, 2016, Canada and Thailand requested to join the consultations. 

Consultations were held on February 9, 2017.

On August 18, 2017, the United States requested the establishment of a panel.  At its meeting on August 31, 2017, the DSB deferred the establishment of a panel.  At its meeting on September 22, 2017, the DSB established a panel.  Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, the EU, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Norway, Russia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Ukraine, and Viet Nam reserved their third-party rights. 

On February 1, 2018, the United States requested the Director-General to compose the panel.  On February 12, 2018, the Director-General composed the panel.  

On April 3, 2018, the United States filed its first written submission.  The United States claims that China's measures are inconsistent with:

• Articles X:3(a), XI:1, and XIII:3(b) of the GATT 1994; and

• Paragraph 1.2 of Part I of China's Protocol of Accession.

 

Panel Proceedings
Brief Date Brief Description
11/23/2018 U.S. Integrated Executive Summary
11/16/2018 U.S. Comments on China’s Answers to Panel Questions Following the Second Panel Meeting
11/02/2018 U.S. Answers to Panel Questions Following the Second Panel Meeting
10/16/2018 U.S. Closing Statement at the Second Panel Meeting 
10/16/2018 U.S. Opening Statement at the Second Panel Meeting 
08/24/2018 U.S. Second Written Submission
08/03/2018 U.S. Answers to Panel Questions Following the First Panel Meeting
07/13/2018 U.S. Questions to China Following the First Panel Meeting
07/10/2018

U.S. Closing Statement at the First Panel Meeting

07/09/2018 U.S. Opening Statement at the First Panel Meeting
04/03/2018 U.S. First Written Submission