Canada Appeals Panel Report regarding US Dumping Duties on Canadian Lumber

Canada filed an appeal on 4 June concerning the WTO panel report in the case brought by Canada in “United States — Anti-Dumping Measures Applying Differential Pricing Methodology to Softwood Lumber from Canada” (DS534). The panel report was circulated to WTO members on 9 April 2019.

Parties to a dispute can appeal a panel’s ruling. Appeals have to be based on points of law, such as legal interpretation — they cannot re-open factual findings made by the panel. Each appeal is heard by three members of an Appellate Body comprising persons of recognized authority and unaffiliated with any government. Each member of the Appellate Body is appointed for a fixed term. Generally, the Appellate Body has up to 3 months to conclude its report.