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American ShipperShippingTrade and Compliance

U.S. brings dolphin-safe tuna labeling in line with WTO

   The United States on Friday said it has fully implemented the recommendations and rulings of the World Trade Organization in a dispute brought by Mexico on the U.S. dolphin-safe labeling program.
   The United States informed the WTO of its compliance in a communication to be circulated to WTO members.
   “I am pleased to announce the United States has complied with the WTO’s findings in a way that enhances, and does not weaken, our ‘dolphin safe’ labeling program,” said U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, in a statement.
   “The final rule published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) helps ensure that American consumers continue to receive accurate information regarding whether the tuna in a product labeled ‘dolphin safe’ was caught in a manner that caused harm to dolphins. These changes demonstrate that the United States can provide consumer information, protect dolphins, and avoid discrimination between WTO Members consistent with WTO rules,” he said.
   In June 2012, the WTO Dispute Settlement Body adopted findings by a WTO panel and the Appellate Body that the U.S. dolphin-safe labeling program was, in some respects, inconsistent with U.S. WTO obligations. In particular, the WTO adopted findings that the dolphin-safe labeling requirements were inconsistent with non-discrimination obligations to accord imported products treatment no less favorable than that accorded to like domestic products or products of other WTO members. The WTO found that the dolphin-safe labeling requirements were not “even-handed” in the treatment of tuna harvested in different oceans.
   According to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the amendments to the regulations address this concern by requiring as a new condition to use the label certification that no dolphins were killed or seriously injured during fishing operations occurring outside the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean (ETP). These requirements already exist for fishing operations inside the ETP.
   The period of time for the United States to comply with the WTO ruling expired on July 13 and the final rule by NOAA is effective on that date, USTR said.

Chris Gillis

Located in the Washington, D.C. area, Chris Gillis primarily reports on regulatory and legislative topics that impact cross-border trade. He joined American Shipper in 1994, shortly after graduating from Mount St. Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, Md., with a degree in international business and economics.

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