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October 2, 2018
WTO creates panel to rule on Australia's complaint on Canadian wine measures
At a meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) last week, WTO members agreed to a request from Australia for a panel to rule on Canada's measures affecting the sale of wine.
Australia submitted its second request for a panel in its complaint concerning measures maintained by the Canadian government and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia governing the sale of wine.
Australia's first request was blocked by Canada at the August 27 DSB meeting. Australia said consultations which took place in March and subsequent informal technical discussions with Canada failed to resolve the matter, prompting Australia to submit its request for a panel.
Canada said it was deeply disappointed with Australia's decision to request a panel, and that it remained open to discussions on the matter. Canada reiterated that it had serious concerns about deficiencies in Australia's initial request for consultations which were repeated in the request for a panel.
The DSB agreed to the establishment of the panel. The United States, Russia, Mexico, Korea, India, South Africa, Chinese Taipei, China, Chile, the EU, and Argentina reserved their third party rights to participate in the proceedings.
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