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Trade set to plunge as COVID-19 pandemic upends global economy

Trade set to plunge as COVID-19 pandemic upends global economy

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World trade is expected to fall by between 13% and 32% in 2020 as the COVID 19 pandemic disrupts normal economic activity and life around the world. The main points of the trade forecast can
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WTO issues new report on worldwide trade in COVID-19 medical products

WTO issues new report on worldwide trade in COVID-19 medical products

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Today, the WTO has released a new report on trade in medical products critical for the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The report traces trade flows for products such as personal protective products, hospital
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WTO sets up dedicated webpage for COVID-19 and trade

WTO sets up dedicated webpage for COVID-19 and trade

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Today, the WTO has set up a dedicated webpage to help governments, business, the media and the public track the latest information on trade-related responses to the COVID-19 outbreak. The webpage will provide up-to-the-minute information,
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Turkey initiates WTO dispute complaint against EU steel safeguard

Turkey initiates WTO dispute complaint against EU steel safeguard

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Today, Turkey has requested WTO dispute consultations with the European Union regarding the EU’s safeguard measures on imported steel products. Turkey claims that the EU safeguard measures, in the form of tariff-rate quotas and additional
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Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body

Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body

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The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for today’s meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body. You can find the airgram here
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Members endorse Curaçao’s bid for WTO membership

Members endorse Curaçao’s bid for WTO membership

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At yesterday’s General Council, WTO members agreed to establish a working party for the accession of Curaçao to the organization. Situated in the southern part of the Caribbean Sea and with a population of 163,000
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WTO chairpersons for 2020

WTO chairpersons for 2020

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Today, the WTO General Council, noted the consensus on a slate of names of chairpersons for WTO bodies. You can find the information below: General Council H.E. Dr. David WALKER (New Zealand) Dispute Settlement Body
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Ukraine launches safeguard investigation on polymeric materials

Ukraine launches safeguard investigation on polymeric materials

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Today, Ukraine notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 25 February 2020 a safeguard investigation on polymeric materials. In the notification Ukraine indicated, among other things, as follows: “Address for correspondence: Ministry
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Japan initiates second WTO dispute complaint regarding Korean support for shipbuilders

Japan initiates second WTO dispute complaint regarding Korean support for shipbuilders

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Today, Japan has requested WTO dispute consultations with Korea regarding alleged subsidies provided by the Korean government to its shipbuilding industry. The request is the second filed by Japan concerning support measures for Korea’s shipbuilders.
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Appellate Body issues report regarding US duties on Canadian paper

Appellate Body issues report regarding US duties on Canadian paper

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Today, the Appellate Body issued its report in the case brought by Canada in “United States — Countervailing Measures on Supercalendered Paper from Canada” (DS505). You can find the further information here
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