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Argentina Complains at WTO Over U.S. Limits on Lemons

September 04, 2012

Argentina complained at the World Trade Organization over U.S. measures it says restrict imports of fresh lemons from the northwestern region of the Latin American country.

Argentina said the prohibition of lemon imports for the last 11 years lacks scientific justification and violates trade rules, the Geneva-based WTO said in an e-mailed statement.

Yesterday’s request for consultations came four days after Argentina complained about U.S. limits on imports of Argentine beef and other meat products. Such a request is the first step in WTO dispute proceedings and means the governments must hold talks for at least two months in a bid to resolve the matter. If the discussions fail, Argentina can ask WTO judges to rule.

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