(The following press release from the WTO was received by e-mail. The
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Korea files dispute against US over anti-dumping measures on washing machines.
Korea has notified the WTO Secretariat, on August 29, of a request for
consultations with the United States on anti-dumping and countervailing
measures adopted by the US Department of Commerce on "large residential
washers" (large washing machines) from Korea.
Korea considers that the use by the US Department of Commerce of a particular
methodology (known as "zeroing") in the investigation over possible dumping
practices by Korea in the exports of large residential washers are inconsistent
with several provisions of the Anti-dumping Agreement and other WTO Agreements,
and a violation of these agreements.
Further information will be available within the next few days in document
Request for consultations is the first step in a dispute at the Dispute
Settlement System of the WTO.
Response to the request has to be given within 10 days and the Member requested
shall enter into consultations within a maximum of 30 days after the date of
the receipt of the request. The maximum period of consultations is 60 days
after the reception of the request, unless both parties agree otherwise.
Consultations give the parties an opportunity to discuss the matter and to find
a satisfactory solution without proceeding further with litigation. If
consultations fail to resolve the dispute, the complainant may request
adjudication by a panel.
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