Russia’s First Complaint in the WTO is Against the EU

(FINNBAY) – Geneva, 7 January 2014. Russia filed its first ever complaint in the WTO (yesterday) against the EU on iron related goods.

Russian President Putin meeting with the government. Courtesy of Russian Presidency

Russian President Putin meeting with the government. Courtesy of Russian Presidency

In Russia’s view the administrative procedures, methodologies or practices of the European Union for the calculation of the dumping margin in anti-dumping investigations and reviews appear to be, in several respects, not in conformity with the obligations of the EU under several WTO agreements.

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The imports at issue are ammonium nitrate, certain welded tubes and pipes of iron or non-alloy steel, and certain seamless steel pipes of iron or steel. Ammonium nitrate is commonly used in agriculture as a high-nitrogen fertilizer, and it has also been used as an oxidizing agent inexplosives, including improvised explosive devices.

Russia is the largest exporter of ammonium nitrate in the world. Based on Global Trade Atlas data, its exports totaled 3.8 million short tons in 2010, far exceeding the volume of exports from the second-largest exporter of ammonium nitrate, Ukraine, which totaled just over 600,000 short tons in 2010.90 Moreover, the Russian industry exports roughly half of its production.

This is the first dispute originated by Russia at the Dispute Settlement Mechanism of the WTO since it became a full member on 22 August 2012.

Russia is already a respondent on two disputes: DS462, initiated by the European Union, and DS463, initiated by Japan, both on recycling fees for motor vehicles.

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