WTO & Plurilaterals

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WTO: Some EU energy laws discriminate against Russia, but ‘unbundling’ is legal

Russia has lost its central argument in a four-year-old World Trade Organization complaint challenging the EU’s energy market laws: the right of the bloc to prevent a single company from owning both natural gas pipelines and distribution networks. The WTO ruled today that certain energy-supply measures imposed by the EU …

Beyond Brussels: US WTO complaints against Section 232 retaliation – the arguments
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Beyond Brussels: US WTO complaints against Section 232 retaliation – the arguments

The Trump administration’s trade complaints against import duties applied by Canada, China, the EU, Mexico and Turkey on US goods are short and sweet – and almost identical. Washington argues that the measures are discriminatory and, except in the case of Mexico, they exceed permitted duty rates. The US lodged …

WTO: EU drums up support for reform, US pushes agriculture discussions
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WTO: EU drums up support for reform, US pushes agriculture discussions

The EU’s proposals to overhaul the World Trade Organization are gaining traction among some if its leading members. The reform momentum, triggered by the Appellate Body member nomination crisis and the United States’ unilaterally imposed tariffs on steel and aluminium, appears to have elicited a US riposte with new proposals …

Section 232: US brings dispute on EU, Chinese ‘rebalancing’ measures to WTO
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Section 232: US brings dispute on EU, Chinese ‘rebalancing’ measures to WTO

Washington has hit back at five World Trade Organization members for “illegal” tariffs that were imposed on US products in response to the Trump administration’s decision to apply duties on foreign steel and aluminium. The US announcement today that it had filed five complaints targeting the EU, China, Canada, Mexico and …

Week ahead in EU trade: Mercosur, New Zealand, Brexit, China, Japan, Appellate Body
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Week ahead in EU trade: Mercosur, New Zealand, Brexit, China, Japan, Appellate Body

This is a week of summits and negotiations: the EU will start talks with New Zealand, continue discussions with Mercosur and hold high-level meetings with China and Japan (delayed from last week). And toward the end of the week, when the World Trade Organization’s Dispute Settlement Body meets, we might …

Beyond Brussels: As WTO sounds the alarm about protectionism, new US and Chinese tariffs kick in
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Beyond Brussels: As WTO sounds the alarm about protectionism, new US and Chinese tariffs kick in

US tariffs on Chinese goods kicked in today. So did Chinese duties on US products. Chalk up at least another two trade restrictions that will be added to the World Trade Organization’s next semi-annual listing of barriers erected by Group of 20 economies.   Earlier this week, the WTO issued …

US auto tariffs: EU vows to defend its interests in heated WTO meeting
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US auto tariffs: EU vows to defend its interests in heated WTO meeting

The EU joined more than a dozen World Trade Organization members in denouncing the Trump administration’s threat to impose import duties on vehicles and car parts, saying such a move would seriously disrupt the world market and harm global commerce.   Japan also suggested that such tariffs – which the …

Beyond Brussels: WTO ruling on tobacco packaging may have domino effect on food, drinks
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Beyond Brussels: WTO ruling on tobacco packaging may have domino effect on food, drinks

Australia’s landmark win over Big Tobacco at the World Trade Organization paves the way for other countries to roll out similar laws requiring plain packaging for cigarettes and cigars. Yesterday’s ruling could also have implications for alcohol, sugary drinks and junk food packaging.   WTO judges concluded in an 800-page …