Export restraints and growing concern among WTO Members relating to the same is the topic of discussion this month. Article in this issue of International Trade Amicus while discussing two recent WTO DSB reports concerning export restrictions, holds that the question of whether export restraints can be justified under Article XX of the GATT by countries without an accession protocol, or whose accession protocol is worded differently, can only be answered on a case-by-case basis.
Other than regular Tables on trade remedy measures by and against India, this issue covers news on filing of appeals by both India and USA against a recent panel report in the dispute concerning certain US measures against hot-rolled carbon steel flat products from India. China has also filed appeal against panel report in USA’s certain countervailing duty measures. WTO’s Secretariat of the Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures has acknowledged absence of any authoritative legal interpretation as to whether measures concerning organic products are covered under SPS Agreement. Readers may go through the reports on these developments at the WTO in this issue of this newsletter.September, 2014/Issue-40