Ukraine – Wood Products: Ukraine Lost First Free Trade Dispute with EU
On 11 December 2020, the Arbitration Panel (Panel) issued the Report on restrictions applied by Ukraine on exports of certain wood products to the European Union (EU). The Panel was established pursuant to Article 307 of the EU-Ukraine Association/Free Trade Agreement (Agreement).
The dispute concerned wood export bans imposed by Ukraine in 2005 and 2015. The EU requested to declare that 2005 and 2015 wood export bans were inconsistent with Article 35 of the Agreement and that Ukraine is required to take measures to comply with those obligations. Ukraine requested to reject the EU’s claim as inadmissible for lack of jurisdiction of the Panel and reject the EU’s claims on their merits.
Oleksandr Tereshchenko is an attorney-at-law at Aequo
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