Japan requests consultation with China under the WTO Agreement regarding export restrictions on three raw materials
Today (March 13, 2012), together with the United States and the European Union, Japan requests consultation with China under the WTO Agreement on export restrictions of rare earths, tungsten and molybdenum.
- China has imposed export restrictions, including impositions of export duties, quantitative export restrictions and setting of minimum export prices, on the above-mentioned three raw materials. Together with the United States and the European Union, Japan makes this consultation request with China under the WTO Agreement to seek a solution of this issue, taking into consideration the recent adoption of the WTO’s ruling that China’s export restrictions on raw materials including bauxite are inconsistent with the WTO Agreement.
- Japan will arrange a date for consultation among the related WTO Members.
What is consultation under the WTO Agreement?
The WTO Agreement requires WTO Members to hold consultation under the WTO Agreement before Members request the WTO to establish a panel to have it examined whether measures at issue are inconsistent with the WTO Agreement. The request for establishment of a panel cannot be made until at least 60 days after the consultation request. The WTO Agreement encourages Members to settle disputes through mutual agreement.
March 13, 2012
Division in Charge
Multilateral Trade System Department, Trade Policy Bureau