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U.S. files new WTO complaint against Canada over BC's rules on sale of wine in stores

October 2, 2017

The United States notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) Secretariat that it requested WTO dispute consultations with Canada regarding measures maintained by the province of British Columbia governing the sale of wine. This notification restarts a complaint first filed in January.

The U.S. alleges that these measures discriminate against imported wine by applying different conditions of sale in grocery stores to wine from British Columbia and to imported wine, in contravention of Canada's obligations under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.

The request for consultations formally initiates a dispute in the WTO. Consultations give the parties an opportunity to discuss the matter and to find a satisfactory solution without proceeding further with litigation.

After 60 days, if the United States and Canada are not able to reach a mutually agreed solution through consultations, the United States may request that the WTO establish a dispute settlement panel to examine the matter.

Link: United States files second WTO complaint over Canadian wine sale restrictions

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