WTO Admits Turkish Complaint over Steel Pipe Exports to US
Turkish Steel Exporters Association recently announced that the Turkish steel industry has appealed to World Trade Organization in its legal fight against the US move to impose countervailing duties on imports of steel products from Turkey. In response to a request from Turkey, the Dispute Settlement Body of the World Trade Organization has decided to establish a panel to review US countervailing duty on steel pipes from Turkey at its meeting on June 19. Steel Exporters' Association Chairman Mr Namık Ekinci said “We will eventually prove that we are right.”
Turkey pleaded a case to Dispute Settlement Body on the grounds that countervailing duty measures imposed by the US on a slew of steel products from Turkey including oil country tubular goods are inconsistent with the WTO's Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures. After consultations failed to produce a satisfactory solution between Turkey and the US on April 28, 2017, Turkey requested adjudication by a panel. The US refused this request at DSB's meeting which was held on May 22, 2017. Determined to get a positive result, Turkey made a second request for the establishment of a panel, which was accepted at the DSB meeting on June 19, 2017.