Russia – Measures Concerning Traffic in Transit (Ukraine)

Status: Pending

Subject: GATT 1994,

Respondent: Russian Federation

Complainant(s): Ukraine,

Third Parties: Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Paraguay, United States, China, European Union, Moldova, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Japan, Korea, India, Australia, Singapore,

Dispute Number: DS512

Link to Dispute Site:

On September 14, 2016, Ukraine requested consultations with Russia regarding alleged restrictions on traffic in transit from Ukraine through the Russian Federation to third countries.

Ukraine claims that the measures are inconsistent with:

• Articles V:2, V:3, V:4, V:5, X:1, X:2, X:3(a), XI:1, and XVI:4 of the GATT 1994; and

• Paragraph 2 of Russia’s Accession Protocol.

On September 29, 2016, the European Union requested to join the consultations.

On February 9, 2017, Ukraine requested the establishment of a panel.  At its meeting on February 20, 2017, the DSB deferred the establishment of a panel.  At its meeting on March 21, 2017, the DSB established a panel.  Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, the European Union, India, Japan, Korea, Moldova, Norway, Paraguay, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Turkey, and the United States reserved their third-party rights. 

On May 22, 2017, Ukraine requested the Director-General to compose the panel.  On June 6, 2017, the Director-General composed the panel. 


Panel Proceedings
Brief Date Brief Description
02/27/2018 Third-Party Executive Summary
02/20/2018 Third-Party Answers to Panel’s and Russia’s Questions
01/25/2018 Third-Party Oral Statement
11/7/2017 U.S. Third-Party Submission regarding GATT Article XXI