Is the Russian Ban on US and EU Food Imports a Violation of the WTO Agreements?

Written by: Neal Fortin

Primary Source: Food Law Blog

I doubt the US would ever challenge the Russian ban on United States and European Union food imports as a violation of the World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements because the ban will likely hurt Russia more than the US.

Russia might argue the ban was based on a security interest that was permissible under the Sanitary and Phytosanitary Agreement exceptions. Regardless of the defense, a complaint almost certainly would be tied up in dispute resolution for a long time. In short, this is far beyond what WTO was designed to handle.

 

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Neal Fortin
Neal Fortin teaches Food Regulation in the United States, International Food Law, Codex Alimentarius, Food & Drug Law, and Nutrition Law & Policy. Before coming to MSU, he was an attorney concentrating in food and drug law. Previously, Neal Fortin worked for the Michigan Department of Agriculture. He was the primary drafter of the Michigan Food Law of 2000, which streamlined Michigan’s food safety requirements and strengthened the food safety standards for changes in science.
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