5 May 2003 (03-2596) Original: English CANADA - MEASURES AFFECTING THE IMPORTATION OF MILK AND THE EXPORTATION OF DAIRY PRODUCTS Notification of Mutually Agreed Solution The following communication, dated 9 May 2003, from the Permanent Mission of Canada and the Permanent Mission of the United States to the Chairman of the Dispute Settlement Body, is circulated pursuant to Article 3.6 of the DSU. On 17 January 2003, the WTO Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) adopted the reports of the Panel and Appellate Body in Canada - Measures Affecting the Importation of Milk and the Exportation of Dairy Products: Second Recourse to Article 21.5 of the DSU by New Zealand and the United States (WT / DS 103/RW 2 and WT / DS 103/AB / RW 2, WT / DS 113/RW 2 and WT / DS 113/AB / RW 2). In accordance with Article 3.6 of the Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Dispute's (DSU), the Governments of Canada and the United States of America wish to notify the DSB that they have reached a mutually agreed solution regarding the matters raised by the United States in this dispute. This mutually agreed solution consists of the following elements: 1. Canada confirms that the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Qu " ebe c have amended their respective regulations and thereby have eliminated the commercial export milk (CEM) program at the provincial level as of 30 April 2003.2. Canada confirms that all consequential federal government amendments to regulations relating to the elimination of the CEM program will be carried out as expeditiously as practicable, and undertakes to complete this process by 1 August 2003.3.
Canada confirms that for the marketing year that began on 1 August 2002, Canada will not exceed its WTO export subsidy reduction commitments for butter and skim milk powder. With respect to cheese and other milk products, given the existence of long-term CEM contracts at the time of the WTO Appellate Body report in December 2002, Canada will exceed its WTO export subsidy reduction commitments for these products in the marketing year that began 1 August 2002. However, Canada confirms that following the issuance of the Appellate Body report it took immediate steps to prevent any new CEM contracts, such that no new CEM contracts have been entered into subsequent to 31 December 2002. Canada also confirms that, subject to judicial or quasi-judicial proceedings, beginning 1 May 2003, there will be no further deliveries of CEM milk in Canada, and there will be no exports to the United States of any milk and cream for which export subsidies have been granted. Furthermore, Canada agrees not to issue any further permits under Special Milk Class 5 (d) or any other program that provides export subsidies for cheese and other milk products for the remainder of the marketing year that began 1 August 2002. Canada notes that on 4 April 2003, it provided to the United States estimates, based on an industry survey, that exports of cheese and other milk products for which export subsidies would be granted for the marketing year that began on 1 August 2002, would be approximately 13,000 and 62,000 metric tons, respectively.
4. Canada confirms that, for the marketing year beginning 1 August 2003, and thereafter, Canada's exports of dairy products for which export subsidies have been granted will not exceed the quantities and budgetary outlays specified in its WTO Schedule. In light of the foregoing, and Canada's commitment to comply with its obligations under the Agreement on Agriculture as clarified by the DSB's recommendations and rulings in this dispute, the United States hereby withdraws its request (WT / DS 103/17) to the DSB pursuant to.