Safeguard Measures on Imports of Polypropylene Bags and Tubular Fabric

Status: Concluded

Subject: Safeguards,

Respondent: Dominican Republic

Complainant(s): Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras,

Third Parties: Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, United States, China, European Union, Turkey,

Dispute Number: DS415, DS416, DS417, DS418

Link to Dispute Site:

Costa Rica (on 15 October 2010), Guatemala (on 15 October 2010), Honduras (on 18 October 2010), and El Salvador (on 19 October 2010) requested consultations with the Dominican Republic concerning the provisional and definitive safeguard measures imposed by the Dominican Republic on imports of polypropylene bags and tubular fabric and the investigation that led to the imposition of those measures.  The products at issue are classified under subheadings 5407.20.20, 6305.33.10 and 6305.33.90 of the Dominican Republic Tariff.

Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador are concerned about certain aspects of the safeguard measures and the underlying investigation.  In particular, they allege that these measures appear to be inconsistent with Articles 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1(a), 4.1(c), 4.2(a), 4.2(b), 4.2(c), 5.1, 6, 9.1, 11.1(a) and 12.3 of the Agreement on Safeguards, and Article XIX:1(a) of the GATT 1994.


Panel Proceedings
Brief Date Brief Description
06/16/2011 U.S. Third-Party Oral Statement
05/23/2011 Executive Summary of U.S. Third-Party Submission
05/16/2011 U.S. Third-Party Submission