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On 13 August 2018, Australia requested the establishment of a panel. At its meeting on 27 August 2018, the DSB deferred the establishment of a panel.
On January 12, 2018, Australia requested consultations with Canada concerning measures maintained by the Canadian Government and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia governing the sale of wine. This request for consultations follows earlier requests for consultations submitted by the United States (DS520 and DS531) pertaining to measures maintained by the Canadian province of British Columbia governing the sale of wine in grocery stores.
Australia claims that the measures appear to be inconsistent with Articles III:1, III:2, III:4, XVII:1 and XXIV:12 of the GATT 1994.
Argentina, Chile, the European Union, New Zealand and the United States requested to join the consultations. Subsequently, Canada informed the Dispute Settlement Board that it had accepted the requests of Argentina, Chile, the European Union, New Zealand and the United States to join the consultations.
For the full list of documents filed with the WTO, click here.
We will provide updates on this blog as the dispute develops.
John Reiterowski, DS Lawyers Canada, LLP
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