Mon, 07 Mar 2005

From: AFP

Norway takes dispute to WTO

GENEVA: Norway has filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) against new European Union restrictions on salmon imports, the trade body said on Friday.

The two parties now have 60 days to negotiate an agreement in the dispute, failing which they can ask the WTO to issue a ruling in the case.

Under pressure from Scottish and Irish salmon farmers, the EU last month imposed both a minimum import price and a tariff quota on salmon imported into the 25-nation bloc.

The move affects salmon imports from Norway, which provides 60 percent of the EU's salmon consumption, as well as Iceland, the Faroe islands and Chile. -- AFP