WTO Finds Australia's Ban On NZ Apples Illegal

Law360, New York (August 9, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT) -- The World Trade Organization ruled Monday that Australia's 90-year-old ban on imports of apples from New Zealand was illegal, saying it doesn't jibe with an agreement on sanitary and pest-related restrictions.

Measures that effectively shut out New Zealand apples conflict with Australia's obligations under the Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures Agreement, a WTO dispute settlement body said in a 598-page report.

The ban was instated in 1921 because of fears about fire blight — a disease that destroys apple trees. Australia later cited concerns about European canker...
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