US ‘acted inconsistently’ in use of zeroing in dumping cases WTO

Oct 03, 2008 | 11:36 AM |

The World Trade Organization's Dispute Settlement Board (DSB) has ruled that the United States has "acted inconsistently" in the use of the practice of zeroing in antidumping cases.

The ruling recommended only that the DSB request the U.S. bring its measures into conformity with its obligations under Word Trade Organization (WTO) guidelines. The Geneva, Switzerland-based WTO declined to recommend how the U.S. should implement the DSB's recommendations and rulings.

"We cannot presume that members might act inconsistently with their WTO obligations in the implementation of DSB recommendations and rulings," the WTO said in its decision, rejecting a request by the European Commission, the plaintiff in the matter, to issue such a suggestion.

The finding of inconsistent action was met with calls from steel consumers and importers for the U.S. to discontinue zeroing, a practice they say artificially inflates dumping margins by disregarding negative dumping margins when calculating a margin of dumping for an imported product as a whole.....

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