DS531: Canada — Measures Governing the Sale of Wine in Grocery Stores (second complaint)

DS531: Canada — Measures Governing the Sale of Wine in Grocery Stores (second complaint)

The Latest News:

At its meeting on July 20, 2018, the DSB established a panel. Argentina, Australia, Chile, China, the European Union, India, Israel, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Russian Federation, South Africa and Chinese Taipei reserved their third-party rights.

The Dispute:

On September 28, 2017, the United States requested consultations with Canada with respect to measures maintained by the Canadian province of British Columbia governing the sale of wine in grocery stores. This is the second request for consultations by the United States with Canada concerning the sale of wine on grocery stores.

The United States claimed that the measures appear to be inconsistent with Article III:4 of the GATT 1994.

On 11 October 2017, Argentina, Australia, and New Zealand requested to join the consultations. On 12 October 2017, the European Union requested to join the consultations. Subsequently, Canada informed the Dispute Settlement Board (“DSB”) that it had accepted the requests of Argentina, Australia, the European Union and New Zealand to join the consultations.

Panel and Appellate Body Proceedings:

On May 25, 2018, the United States requested the establishment of a panel.  At its meeting on June 22, 2018, the DSB deferred the establishment of a panel.

For the full list of documents filed with the WTO, click here.

Stay Tuned…

We will provide updates on this blog as the Panel is established and its report becomes available.

John Reiterowski, DS Lawyers Canada, LLP


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