Japan's Measures on Imports of Leather

Other titles

Japan Leather (Canada) (Source: GATT Analytical Index)


Third Parties

Products at Issue

Products at issue
Type of product
Product sub-type
Leather and footwear

Related disputes


Key legal aspects

Legal basis
  • GATT Article XXIII:1
  • GATT Article XXIII:2
Claims raised
  • GATT (no specific provision)
Defences raised
  • n.a.


Type Panel
Chairperson H. Ewerlöf (Sweden)
Other members Mr. Ostenfeld (Denmark), Mr. Furulyas (Hungary)


Type Panel
Legal basis at issue
  • GATT Article XXIII:1
  • GATT Article XXIII:2
Claims at issue
  • GATT (no specific provision)
Defences at issue
  • n.a.
No of Pages (total / legal reasoning) 2
  • -
  • -
  • No finding - withdrawal or modification of measure
  • No finding - withdrawal or modification of measure


Request for consultations
  • (20/09/1979)
Request for establishment
Adoption of report
Mutually agreed solution
  • (22/09/1980)
Request withdrawn
  • (22/09/1980)


Outcome of the proceedings
Withdrawal or modification of measure, report adopted, mutually agreed solution, request withdrawn
Additional Info L/5042 (20/10/1980) Japan's Measures on Imports of Leather - Report of the Panel: The Panel examined the compatibility with the General Agreement of Japanese restrictions on imports of leather. In a joint communication dated 6 October 1980 the parties advised that they had now successfully concluded their bilateral consultations and had signed a Record of Discussions on 22 September 1980 containing a solution to the dispute and a statement that Canada would be withdrawing the complaint filed under Article XXIII:2. "In view of the fact that the agreement reached between Canada and Japan constitutes a solution to the matter before it, the Panel considers the proceedings under Article XXIII:2 to be terminated."

SCM/W/48 (11/05/1983) Negotiating History of Article 18.9 and the Treatment of Reports of Working Parties and Panels under Article XXIII of the General Agreement - SCM Committee - Factual Note by the Secretariat: Reported as an Article XXIII complaint. "Council report adopted on 10 November 1980 notes that Canada and Japan agreed on a solution to the matter."

Note: The Report of the Panel (L/5042) reported a mutually agreed solution.