Countervailing Measures on Certain Polyethylene Terephthalate from Pakistan

Status: Pending

Subject: GATT 1994, SCM Agreement,

Respondent: European Union

Complainant(s): Pakistan,

Third Parties: United States, China,

Dispute Number: DS486

Link to Dispute Site:

On October 28, 2014, Pakistan requested consultations with respect to the imposition of provisional and definitive countervailing measures by the European Union on imports of certain polyethylene terephthalate from Pakistan, and with respect to certain aspects of the investigation underlying these measures.

Pakistan claims that the measures are inconsistent with:

• Articles 1, 1.1(a)(1), 1.1(a)(2), 1.1(b), 3, 3.1(a), 10, 12.6, 12.8, 14, 14(b), 15.5, 19, 19.1, 19.3, 22.3, 22.4 and 32, and Annexes I, II, III and VI, of the SCM Agreement; and

• Article VI of the GATT 1994.

On February 12, 2015, Pakistan requested the establishment of a panel. At its meeting on February 23, 2015, the DSB deferred the establishment of a panel. At its meeting on March 25, 2015, the DSB established a panel. China and the United States reserved their third-party rights. Following the agreement of the parties, the panel was composed on May 13, 2015.

Panel Proceedings
Brief Date Brief Description
10/07/2016 U.S. Third Party Executive Summary
10/03/2016 U.S. Responses to the Panel's Questions to Third Parties
09/22/2016 U.S. Third Party Oral Statement
07/29/2016 U.S. Third Party Submission


Appellate Proceedings
Brief Date Brief Description
02/09/2018 U.S. Third Participant Closing Oral Statement 
02/08/2018 U.S. Third Participant Opening Oral Statement   
09/20/2017 U.S. Third Participant Submission
09/20/2017 U.S. Executive Summary of Third Participant Submission