The European Union has requested WTO dispute consultations with China concerning alleged Chinese restrictions on the import and export of goods (including wood products), and the supply of services, to and from Lithuania or with a link to Lithuania. The request was circulated to WTO members on 31 January.
What is a request for consultations?
The request for consultations formally initiates a dispute in the WTO. Consultations give the parties an opportunity to discuss the matter and to find a satisfactory solution without proceeding further with litigation. After 60 days, if consultations have failed to resolve the dispute, the complainant may request adjudication by a panel.
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