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Certain Measures on Steel and Aluminum Products

Key Facts
Short Title: United States – Steel and Aluminum Products (Russia)
Respondent: United States
Third Parties: South Africa; Brazil; Canada; Colombia; Guatemala; Mexico; Venezuela; China; Chinese Taipei; Hong Kong; Bahrain; Egypt; European Union; Iceland; Norway; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; Switzerland; Turkey; Ukraine; Japan; India; Kazakhstan; Malaysia; New Zealand; Singapore; Thailand;
Complaintant(s): Russia;
Dispute Number: DS554
Link to Dispute Site:
Dispute Subject(s): GATT 1994; Safeguards;
Dispute Status: Pending

On June 29, 2018, Russia requested consultations with the United States concerning certain duties that the United States imposed on imports of steel and aluminum products.

Russia claimed in its request for consultations that the measures appear to be inconsistent with:

• Articles 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 7, 8.1, 11.1(a) and (b), 12.1, 12.2, and 12.3 of the Safeguards Agreement; and

• Articles I:1, II:1(a) and (b), X:3(a), XI:1, XIX:1(a), and XIX:2 of the GATT 1994.

On July 9, 2018, the United States requested the DSB Chair to circulate to Members a communication in which the United States indicated that, among other things, without prejudice to the U.S. view that the tariffs imposed pursuant to Section 232 are issues of national security not susceptible to review or capable of resolution by WTO dispute settlement, and that the consultations provision in the Agreement on Safeguards is not applicable, the United States accepted the request of Russia to enter into consultations.

On October 18, 2018, Russia requested the establishment of a panel. At its meeting on October 29, 2018, the DSB deferred the establishment of a panel. At its meeting on November 21, 2018, the DSB established a panel. Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Egypt, the EU, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, and Venezuela reserved their third-party rights.

On January 7, 2019, Russia requested the Director-General to compose the panel. On January 25, 2019, the Director-General composed the panel.


Panel Proceedings
Brief Date Brief Description
06/12/2019 U.S. First Written Submission
03/05/2019 U.S. Letter Request to Russia Regarding Open Meetings and Non-Confidential Summaries