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WT/DS87 - Taxes on alcoholic beverages.

Last update: 01/12/2003

  • Complaint by: EU
  • Complaint against: Chile
  • Third parties:
    Canada - Mexico - Peru - United States
Summary of case:

Chile's special sales tax on spirits imposes a higher tax on imported spirits than on Pisco, a locally brewed spirit.

Relevant WTO provision:

GATT (III:2)

Current situation:

New legislation providing for the progressive reduction of taxes to a single rate for all alcoholic beverages of 27 per cent was published on 9 Feb. 2001.

Consultation:

Date of request: 04/06/1997

Panel:

Date of request: 03/10/1997
Date of establishment: 18/11/1997
Date of circulation of report: 15/06/1999

Appeal:

Date of request: 13/09/1999
Date of circulation of report: 13/12/1999

Date of adoption - panel/AB report:

12/01/2000

Implementation deadline:

21/03/2001

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