Mexico partially wins WTO tuna dispute against US
Mexico on Thursday partially won a complaint at the World Trade Organization against United States requirements for the use of 'dolphin-safe' labelling on tuna products.
Mexico had claimed that US measures discriminated against its products, saying that in order to obtain such labelling, Washington requires varying documentary evidence that depended on where the tuna was harvested or how it was fished.
While WTO arbitrators denied the measures were discriminatory, they agreed with Mexico that they were "more trade restrictive than necessary."
They said they drew the conclusion partly because Mexico managed to demonstrate an alternative that would be less trade restrictive.
Nevertheless the arbitrators noted the measures were not discriminatory as Mexican tuna products were not given harsher treatment than products originating from the United States or elsewhere.
The panel also rejected Mexico's claim that the United States violated trade rules by not basing its technical regulations on relevant international standards.
The case was first brought to the WTO in October 2008.
Both parties can appeal the ruling.
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