On 20 November, the European Union (EU) requested World Trade Organisation (WTO) dispute consultations with Colombia regarding anti-dumping duties imposed by Colombia on imports of frozen fries, classifiable in tariff subheading 2004.10, from Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.
What is a request for consultations? 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 consultations have failed to resolve the dispute, the complainant may request adjudication by a panel.
Story by: Riaan de Lange