WTO Panel rules against Colombia’s anti-dumping duties on frozen fries in line with EU’s claims

The EU welcomes the WTO ruling that confirms that the anti-dumping duties imposed by Colombia on frozen fries from Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands are in breach of WTO rules and unfairly restrict access to the Colombian market for EU producers.

The Panel decided that Colombia’s anti-dumping investigation was flawed in several respects, including the calculation of the dumping margin and the injury analysis. The panel report has been appealed by Colombia pursuant to the Multi-party Interim Appeal Arbitration arrangement (‘MPIA’) and this appeal is currently pending.

This is the first appeal to be heard under the MPIA. The MPIA has been put in place by its participating Members to ensure a functioning two-tier WTO dispute settlement system for their trade disputes despite the paralysis of the WTO’s Appellate Body.