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Transcript of joint letter to the Panel on measures affecting the importation of apples from New Zealand (DS367)


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Australia's Involvement in Current WTO Disputes

19 December

Mr Attie Swart
– Measures Affecting the Importation of Apples from New Zealand

c/o- Ms Serra Ayral
Secretary to the Panel
World Trade Organization
Centre William Rappard
Rue de Lausanne 154
CH-1211 Geneva 21

Dear Mr Chairman

Australia - Measures affecting the importation of apples from New Zealand (DS367)

Further to
Question 43 of the List of Questions Posed by the Panel After First
Substantive Meeting
, the Government of New Zealand and the Government
of Australia are pleased to advise the Panel that they have reached
agreement on the requirement listed as the twelfth bullet point in New
Zealand's panel request. The parties request that the Panel
record this agreement in its report in the following manner:

Panel noted Australia's submission that it does not impose "[t]he
requirement that an orchard/block be suspended for the season on the
basis that any evidence of pruning or other activities carried out before
the inspection could constitute an attempt to remove or hide symptoms
of European canker" referred to in the twelfth bullet point of New
Zealand's panel request. The Panel also noted New Zealand's
advice that, based on Australia's confirmation that it does not impose
such a requirement, it will not pursue its claim in relation to the
twelfth bullet point of its panel request. In view of this, the
Panel concluded that there was no need for it to rule on this aspect
of New Zealand's claim.

The parties intend to copy this
letter to third parties, and to make it publicly available.


Permanent Representative
of New Zealand

Bruce Gosper,
Permanent Representative of Australia

Last Updated: 9 January 2013
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