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USTR is providing notice that consultations have been requested pursuant to the WTO
On August 21, 2012, the United States requested consultations concerning certain measures imposed by Argentina on the importation of goods into Argentina. In particular, Argentina subjects the importation of all goods to approval of a non-automatic import license through the
In addition, Argentina often requires imports to undertake certain commitments including to limit imports, to balance imports with exports, to make or increase investments in production facilities in Argentina, to increase the local content of products manufactured in Argentina (and thereby discriminate against imported products), to refrain from transferring revenue or other funds abroad and/or to control the price of imported goods. The Argentine authorities often make the issuance of CIs and the approval of DJAIs conditional upon the importers undertaking to comply with the above-mentioned trade-restrictive commitments.
Through these measures, Argentina appears to have acted inconsistently with its obligations under the
Specifically, the United States asserts in the request for consultations that Argentina's measures appear to be inconsistent with the following provisions of the GATT 1994, the TRIMs Agreement, the Import Licensing Agreement, and the Safeguards Agreement:
1. Articles III:4, X:1, X:2, X:3(a) and XI:1 of the GATT 1994;
2. Article 2 of the TRIMs Agreement;
3. Articles 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3 and 5.4 of the Import Licensing Agreement; and
4. Article 11 of the Safeguards Agreement
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