European Communities - Measures Affecting the Exportation of Processed Cheese - Request for Consultations by the United States


                                   THE EXPORTATION OF PROCESSED CHEESE


                                        Request for Consultations by the United States



        The following communication, dated 8 October 1997, from the Permanent Mission of the United States to the Permanent Delegation of the European Commission and to the Dispute Settlement Body, is circulated in accordance with Article 4.4 of the DSU.





        My authorities have instructed me to request consultations with the European Communities (“EC”) pursuant to Article 4 of the Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes (“DSU”), Article 19 of the Agreement on Agriculture, and Article 30 of the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures with respect to the export subsidies of the EC concerning processed cheese.  The relevant citations include, but are not limited to, Regulation (EC) No 210/69, Regulation (EC) No 3665/87, Regulation (EC) No 1466/95, Regulation (EC) No 300/97, Regulation (EC) No 417/97, Regulation (EC) No 418/97, and any amendments or modifications.


        The European Communities (EC) is providing export subsidies, including under an inward processing arrangement, in favour of processed cheese without regard to the export subsidy reduction commitments of the EC with respect to processed cheese.  These export subsidies distort markets for dairy products and adversely affect U.S. sales of dairy products.