Canadian Import Quotas on Eggs

Other titles

Canada Eggs (Source: GATT Analytical Index)


Third Parties

Products at Issue

Products at issue
Type of product
Product sub-type
Other agriculture products

Related disputes


Key legal aspects

Legal basis
  • n.a.
Claims raised
  • GATT Article XI
  • GATT Article XI:2(c)
Defences raised
  • n.a.


Type Working Party
Chairperson Mauri Eggert (Finland)
Other members Representative of India, Representative of Australia, Representative of Brazil, Representative of Canada, Representative of EEC, Representative of Japan, Representative of United States


Type Working Party
Legal basis at issue
  • n.a.
Claims at issue
  • GATT Article XI
  • GATT Article XI:2(c)
Defences at issue
  • n.a.
No of Pages (total / legal reasoning) 2
  • -
  • No conclusion reached
  • No inconsistency found
  • -


Request for consultations
  • (01/01/1975)
Request for establishment
Adoption of report


Outcome of the proceedings
Report adopted
Additional Info L/4279 (12/12/1975) Canadian Import Quotas on Eggs - Report of the Working Party: A Working Party was set up to examine the matter referred to by the United States concerning the imposition of import quotas for eggs and egg products by the Government of Canada. The members of the WP, except the US, agreed that the operation of the Canadian supply management system on eggs was in conformity with the requirements of Article XI:2(c)(i). With regard to the basis for determining the import quotas, the WP was unable to decide which representative period was the correct one nor whether the one chosen by Canada was in conformity with the requirements of the last paragraph of Article XI; in this regard, the WP proposed that the US and Canada try to come to a pragmatic solution in bilateral discussions. Finally, the WP did not come to any conclusion with regard to the questions of whether the imposition of the Canadian quota on eggs under Article XI constituted nullification or impairment of a prior binding.

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 "Working Party report adopted on 17 February 1976. Canada increased certain quotas."