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U.S. Seeks WTO Ruling on Modified Tuna Labeling Rules to Avoid Mexico Sanctions

Thursday, April 14, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The United States has requested that the World Trade Organization establish a panel to determine whether recent changes to U.S. regulations on dolphin-safe labeling of tuna products bring the U.S. into compliance with a WTO ruling that the previous regulations were inconsistent with WTO rules.

The request, which the WTO will consider April 22, is the latest U.S. attempt to avoid the $472.3 million in trade sanctions Mexico is pursuing in the long-running case, which would likely take the form of higher duties on an as yet unidentified list of U.S. exports. The U.S. has also objected to the amount of sanctions sought, claiming that it “appears to be substantially inflated,” and as a result this issue was sent to arbitration.

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