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Statement by Minister Yoichi Miyazawa, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry on Circulation of the WTO Appellate Body Report on Import Restrictions by Argentina

January 15, 2015

  1. On January 15, 2015 (Geneva time), the WTO released an Appellate Body Report on import restrictions imposed by Argentina, an issue that has been examined by the WTO at the request from Japan, the United States, and the European Union.
  2. In the Report, the Appellate Body fully supported the claims of Japan. The Report established the rulings that the import restrictions imposed by Argentina are inconsistent with the WTO Agreements.
  3. The import restrictions are protective and strongly trade restrictive, as shown by the trade balancing requirements that requires an importer to export the same amount of products in terms of value in exchange for permitting an import. For example, there were some cases in which importers of automobiles were compelled to export an equal value of wine, which is unrelated to automobiles. Amid concerns that protective measures by emerging countries are tending to expand, these rulings are significant not only from the viewpoints of securing smooth exports to Argentine markets by Japanese companies, but also for clarifying the fact that protective measures like this case are not accepted under the WTO Agreements.
  4. Japan strongly requests Argentina to accept the Appellate Body's rulings and to rectify the WTO-inconsistent measures faithfully and immediately.

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Office for WTO Compliance and Dispute Settlement, Multilateral Trade System Department, Trade Policy Bureau

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