WTO Panel Rules Against Aspects of EU Restrictions on the Importing and Marketing of Seal Products
12 December 2013
Mayer Brown Legal Update
A World Trade Organization dispute settlement panel has issued its report in EC – Measures Prohibiting the Importation and Marketing of Seal Products (WT DS400/R; WT/DS401/R) relating to complaints raised by Canada and Norway against regulations promulgated by the European Union concerning the importing and marketing of seal products. The panel found that the EU’s policies did not conform with Article 2.1 of the WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade or with Article III.4 of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 and recommended that the WTO Dispute Settlement Body request the EU to bring the inconsistent measures into conformity with its obligations. This panel report follows a trend begun earlier this year in United States – Clove Cigarettes, United States – COOL and United States – Tuna.