Contributing Lawyers


Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

United States

Susan Kohn Ross


Andrew Hudson

H1N1 World Response as Non-Tariff Barrier?

The Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures Committee of the World Trade Organization is looking at the question of whether responses by member countries qualify as non-tariff barriers.

The WTO blurb mentions: Exporting countries complained on 23 June 2009 about some of the trade restrictions that have been imposed in response to the H1N1 influenza pandemic, and about failures to notify the WTO, but some others said they had to act to deal with an emergency. The discussion was one of many trade concerns raised in the 23-24 June meeting of the WTO's Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) Committee, which deals with food safety and animal and plant health.

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