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Morocco — Definitive Anti-Dumping Measures on School Exercise Books from Tunisia


Key Facts

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Short Title: Morocco – Books from Tunisia
Respondent: Morocco
Third Parties: Madagascar; Brazil; Canada; United States; China; European Union; Russian Federation; Japan;
Complaintant(s): Tunisia;
Dispute Number: DS578
Link to Dispute Site: https://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/dispu_e/cases_e/ds578_e.htm
Dispute Subject(s): Anti-Dumping Agreement; GATT 1994;
Dispute Status: Pending


On February 21, 2019, Tunisia requested consultations with Morocco concerning definitive anti-dumping duties imposed by Morocco on imports of school exercise books. This is the second consultations request submitted by Tunisia against Morocco on a similar matter (see DS555, concerning provisional anti-dumping duties imposed by Morocco on imports of school exercise books from Tunisia).

Tunisia claimed that the challenged measures appear to be inconsistent with:

  • Articles 1, 2.1, 2.2, 2.2.1, 2.2.1.1, 2.2.2, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 3.5, 4.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.8, 5.10, 6.5, 6.5.1, 6.8, 9, 11, 12.2, 12.2.2, 18.1 and paragraphs 1, 3, 5, and 6 of Annex II of the Anti-Dumping Agreement; and
  • Articles II:1(a), II:1(b), VI:1 and VI:6(a) of the GATT 1994.

On September 19, 2019, Tunisia requested the establishment of a panel. At its meeting on September 30, 2019, the DSB deferred the establishment of a panel.

At its meeting on October 28, 2019, the DSB established a panel. Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, Japan, Madagascar, the Russian Federation, and the United States reserved their third-party rights.

On March 9, 2020, Tunisia requested the Director-General to compose the panel. On March 19, 2020, the Director-General composed the panel.

 

Panel Proceedings
Brief Date Brief Description
08/06/2020 U.S. Third-Party Submission
07/10/2020 U.S. Comments on Morocco’s Preliminary Ruling Request