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Good and bad news for Argentina disputes at World Trade Organization

Wednesday, January 30th 2013 - 06:34 UTC
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Frozen and fresh beef from Argentina is banned from entering the US Frozen and fresh beef from Argentina is banned from entering the US

The World Trade Organization decided to implement two dispute resolution panels, one to probe accusations of unfair trade practices against Argentina by the US, the EU and Japan and another regarding Argentina’s claim that US-sanctioned measures affect their meat and lemons exports.

The US and Japan, along with the EU, accuse Argentina of applying restrictions that penalize their exports to the country. Those companies looking to export to Argentina are forced to import Argentine goods at the same time.

The most notorious case is the one led by Porsche, in Germany, which had to commit to import wine and olive oil from Argentina in order to export over a hundred vehicles to the country.

On Monday, Argentina pointed out that the WTO conflict resolution organization had adopted a series of measures last January 25 in order to settle these matters, although plaintiffs said they remained unconvinced of the effectiveness of such measures.

According to WTO rules, the panel has up to six months to review the case and make a decision.

The second panel was created to review Argentina’s accusations regarding the importing of Argentine beef and lemons to the US.

According to the Argentine government, several measures enacted by the US eleven years ago led the market to shut down the importing of frozen or fresh Argentine beef.

Argentina also accuses the US or refusing to recognize Patagonia as a region free of the foot-and-mouth disease, like the Paris based WOAH (World Organization for Animal health) does.

Categories: Economy, Argentina.

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  • Anglotino

    Wow the hypocrisy of Argentina complaining about trade distorting policies by other countries never ceases to amaze me.

    Jan 30th, 2013 - 12:47 pm 0
  • Nostrolldamus the 8th


    Typical anglo. You like to play with fire but don't like it when others play it on you, huh.

    Stop being so hipocritical in everything you do european/anglo/nippon/yankee foreign fiends. You are the KINGS of proteccionism, subsidies, and market distortions. Every single one of you cheaters.

    And you can't disprove what I just said because all you will do is come back attacking me personally, or saying Argentina is guilty of the same. But actually refuting that the north is the leader in unfree trade, simply can't.

    Jan 30th, 2013 - 03:05 pm 0
  • redpoll

    Cheaters? Who is going to trust you when your Agriculture Ministry denies and outbreak of FMD while the government vets were busy in Entre Rios vaccinating against the disease to stop it spreading some years back. Thats not just cheating, its LYING
    By the way snotty your English is slipping. Time for you to have another intimate sessiom playing with your thesaurus

    Jan 30th, 2013 - 03:44 pm 0
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