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WT/DS166 - Definitive safeguard measures on imports of wheat gluten from EC

Last update: 01/12/2003

  • Complaint by: EU
  • Complaint against: United States
  • Third parties:
    Australia - Canada - New Zealand
Summary of case:

In May 1998, the US imposed a safeguard measure on imports of wheat gluten originating in third countries except NAFTA and developing countries. The measure takes the form of a 57.521 metric tonnes quota (rising annually by 6%) applicable from 1 June 1998 to 1 June 2001. The way the level of the quota has been set and allocated has reduced the market share of the EC exporters by 40%.

Relevant WTO provision:

Safeguards (2.1, 4, 5, 8, 12)
Agriculture (4.2)

Current situation:

EC re-balancing measure on imports of US corn gluten feed entered into force on 24 Jan. 2001 (tariff rate quota of ¿5 on US corn gluten feed imports, up to a level of 2.73 million tonnes). US has requested WTO consultation on 25 Jan. 2001 against the re-balancing measure (see DS 223). Reasonable period of time for implementation mutually agreed (4 months). The ITC has recommended to the President to extend the measure.


Date of request: 17/03/1999


Date of request: 03/06/1999
Date of establishment: 26/07/1999
Date of circulation of report: 31/07/2000


Date of request: 26/09/2000
Date of circulation of report: 22/12/2000

Date of adoption - panel/AB report:


Implementation deadline:


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