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World Trade

Organization







WT/DS58/AB/R

12 October 1998






(98-3899)










Original: English


UNITED STATES - IMPORT PROHIBITION OF

CERTAIN SHRIMP AND SHRIMP PRODUCTS

AB-1998-4












Report of the Appellate Body

I. Introduction : Statement of the Appeal 1

II. Arguments of the Participants and Third Participants 5



A. Claims of Error by the United States – Appellant 5

B. India, Pakistan and Thailand – Joint Appellees 12

C. Malaysia - Appellee 18

D. Arguments of Third Participants 19

III. Procedural Matters and Rulings 27



A. Admissibility of the Briefs by Non-governmental Organizations Appended to the United States Appellant's Submission 27

B. Sufficiency of the Notice of Appeal 31

IV. Issues Raised in This Appeal 34

V. Panel Proceedings and Non-requested Information 35

VI. Appraising Section 609 Under Article XX of the GATT 1994 40



A. The Panel's Findings and Interpretative Analysis 40

B. Article XX(g): Provisional Justification of Section 609 47

C. The Introductory Clauses of Article XX: Characterizing Section 609 under the Chapeau's Standards 56

VII. Findings and Conclusions 76


World Trade Organization

Appellate Body



United States – Import Prohibition of Certain Shrimp and Shrimp Products

United States,  Appellant

India, Malaysia, Pakistan, Thailand,  Appellees
Australia, Ecuador, the European Communities, Hong Kong, China, Mexico and Nigeria, Third Participants


AB-1998-4
Present:
Feliciano, Presiding Member

Bacchus, Member



Lacarte-Muró, Member






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