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Registration opens for public hearing in “US — Countervailing Measures on Softwood Lumber from Canada”

At the request of the parties in the dispute “US — Countervailing Measures on Softwood Lumber from Canada” (DS533), the panel has decided to open its second substantive meeting to public observation on 16, 17 and 18 October 2019. The live screening wil…

Korea initiates WTO dispute complaint against Japanese export measures

Korea has requested WTO dispute consultations with Japan concerning measures imposed by Japan affecting the export of products and technology to Korea. The request was circulated to WTO members on 16 September.

Last day to register for the Public Forum

Today (16 September) is the last day to register for this year’s WTO Public Forum. Participants interested in attending this year’s Forum should submit an online application form no later than midnight today. Last minute and onsite registrations will n…

New WTO indicator finds services trade weakening into second half of 2019

World trade in commercial services lost momentum through the second quarter of 2019 according to the WTO’s new Services Trade Barometer, launched on 16 September. The index’s reading of 98.4 is below the baseline value of 100, suggesting that services …

New fisheries subsidies proposals considered ahead of December target for agreement

WTO members considered new proposals for limiting harmful fisheries subsidies at meetings held on 9-13 September. The meetings were led by facilitators in the absence of a consensus to appoint a new chair of the negotiations.

DDG Wolff: International cooperation must balance freedom of action and respect for others

Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff addressed the University of Melbourne Law School in Australia on 13 September, where he spoke about the rule of law and the future of the world trading system. He underlined that a commitment to international cooperat…

The Philippines launches safeguard investigation on rice

On 13 September 2019, the Philippines notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 11 September 2019 a “preliminary safeguard investigation” on rice.

DG Azevêdo marks 25th anniversary of conclusion of Uruguay Round in Montevideo

Director-General Roberto Azevêdo praised Uruguay’s continued leadership in the multilateral trading system during his visit to Montevideo on 12 September 2019. He participated at an event hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to mark the 25th anniv…

Canada files WTO dispute complaint against Chinese import restrictions on canola seed

Canada has requested WTO dispute consultations with China concerning measures imposed by China affecting the importation of canola seed from Canada. The request was circulated to WTO members on 12 September