United Kingdom - Dollar Area Quotas
UK Dollar Quotas (Source: GATT Analytical Index)
Products at Issue
|Products at issue||
Bananas, grapefruit, rum, cigars
|Type of product||
Key legal aspects
|Chairperson||K. A. Sahlgren (Finland)|
|Other members||G. O. Niyi (Nigeria), Arthur Dunkel (Switzerland), P. Tomic (Yugoslavia)|
|Legal basis at issue||
|Claims at issue||
|Defences at issue||
|No of Pages (total / legal reasoning)||2|
|Request for consultations||
|Request for establishment|
|Adoption of report|
|Mutually agreed solution|
|Outcome of the proceedings||
Withdrawal or modification of measure, report adopted, mutually agreed solution, request withdrawn
|Additional Info||L/3843 (19/04/1973) Interim Report of the Panel: Dollar Area Quota restrictions referred to quota restrictions applied to products that were previously also subject to exchange controls. The quotas on these products were no longer maintained for balance-of-payments reasons but now as "valuable protection for the economic interests of the developing Commonwealth Caribbean countries." The US alleged violations of Articles XI and XIII GATT. Noting that the UK never denied a violation of provisions relating to quantitative restrictions, the Panel "for the time being reserved its findings on this question". The Panel further stated that it "refrains from making formal recommendations at this stage. It will, however, revert to the matter and make appropriate recommendations, if after an interval of one month from the date of presentation of this Interim Report to the Council, the parties concerned have been unable to reach a mutually acceptable solution to the problem."
L/3890 (20/07/1973) Communication of the UK received by the Director General that the matter had "been settled by bilateral consultation. Accordingly, the United States complaint under Article XXIII:2 is withdrawn."
L/3891 (20/07/1973) Report of the Panel: Noted that the United States had withdrawn its complaint following a settlement between the parties. Welcomed the agreement between the parties and their assurances of safeguarding the interests of their Caribbean countries, as far as possible.
C/M/89 (17/08/1973) Minutes of Council Meeting (30/07/1973) The Council adopted the Report of the Panel (L/3891) and its Interim Report (L/3843).