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Australia to Call for End to U.S. Lamb Import Restrictions

Thursday, November 16, 2000

Australia will push for an end to tariff-rate quotas in a hearing today in Washington before the U.S. International Trade Commission, according to a November 14 press release issued by Australia’s trade minister. The USITC currently is conducting its "mid-term" review of restrictions placed on U.S. lamb imports in July 1999. Australia’s U.S. ambassador will present the country’s case to the Commission. The USITC review is unrelated to a challenge filed by Australia and New Zealand in the WTO against the U.S. tariff-rate quotas. A WTO dispute settlement panel upheld the Australia-New Zealand complaint. The U.S. appealed, and the WTO’s Appellate Body is expected to issue its final report before the end of this month. Australia's press release is available at http://www.dfat.gov.au/media/releases/trade/2000.mvt126_00.html.

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