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Tunisia initiates new WTO dispute complaint against Morocco book duties

Tunisia has requested WTO dispute consultations with Morocco concerning final anti-dumping duties imposed by Morocco on imports of school exercise books from Tunisia. The request was circulated to WTO members on 27 February.

Tunisia claims that Morocco acted inconsistently with a number of provisions under the WTO’s Anti-Dumping Agreement and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) 1994. Tunisia initiated a separate WTO dispute complaint last July regarding Morocco’s decision to impose preliminary duties on the school exercise books.

What is a request for consultations?

The request for consultations formally initiates a dispute in the WTO. Consultations give the parties an opportunity to discuss the matter and to find a satisfactory solution without proceeding further with litigation. After 60 days, if consultations have failed to resolve the dispute, the complainant may request adjudication by a panel.

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