On March 28, 2017, a World Trade Organization (“WTO”) panel (the “Panel”) issued its report in European Union – Measures Affecting Tariff Concessions on Certain Poultry Meat Products. The dispute concerned the modification of tariff concessions on certain poultry products by the European Union (“EU”). China considered that the measures adopted by the EU were inconsistent with the EU’s obligations under certain articles of the GATT 1994. While the Panel rejected the majority of China’s claims, the Panel did find that the EU had acted inconsistently with Article XIII of the GATT 1994. This Legal Update discusses the Panel’s findings and their relevance beyond this narrow victory for China.
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