WTO rules against the US in tuna la­bel feud with Mex­ico, once more

The China Post - - WORLD BUSINESS -

U.S. re­quire­ments on “dol­phin safe” tuna la­belling still dis­crim­i­nate against Mex­i­can-caught tuna, ac­cord­ing to a World Trade Or­ga­ni­za­tion rul­ing pub­lished Tues­day.

The United States over­hauled its re­quire­ments for slap­ping re­quired “dol­phin safe” la­bels on tuna prod­ucts af­ter the WTO’s dis­pute set­tle­ment body in 2012 found its rules dis­crim­i­nated against Mex­i­can tuna.

But in Tues­day’s rul­ing, a WTO panel agreed with Mex­i­can charges that the U.S. la­bel­ing was still vi­o­lat­ing trade rules. The panel found that the U.S. rules were be­ing “ap­plied in a man­ner that con­sti­tutes un­jus­ti­fi­able and ar­bi­trary dis­crim­i­na­tion con­trary to” global trade laws.

The main prob­lem, ac­cord­ing to the WTO rul­ings, is that the U.S. mea­sures are not even-handed in the way they ad­dress the risks to dol­phins from dif­fer­ent fish­ing tech­niques in dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the ocean.

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