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Canada files WTO dispute complaint against Chinese import restrictions on canola seed

Canada has requested WTO dispute consultations with China concerning measures imposed by China affecting the importation of canola seed from Canada. The request was circulated to WTO members today.

Canada claims that measures suspending the importation of canola seed from two Canadian companies and measures applying enhanced inspections on all imports of Canadian canola seed appear to be inconsistent with China’s obligations under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) 1994, the WTO’s Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures, and the Trade Facilitation Agreement.

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