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Mexico Seeking $472 Million in Sanctions Against U.S. Exports in Tuna Labeling Row

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Mexico is planning to request authorization from the World Trade Organization to impose $472.3 million in sanctions against the U.S. in a long-running dispute over U.S. dolphin-safe tuna labeling regulations. These sanctions would take the form of additional tariffs on Mexican imports of U.S. goods, although the specific items to be targeted have not yet been identified.

Mexico is expected to make its request at a March 23 meeting of the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body but the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has said it intends to object, noting that the amount of sanctions sought “appears to be substantially inflated.” The matter will thus be sent to arbitration.

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