Published: Monday 31 March 1997

The ongoing dispute between the US and four Asian nations over shrimp exports will now be decided by a panel which was recently appointed by the World Trade Organization. Lost year, the US had passed a law which prevents shrimp exports from India, Pakistan, Malaysia and Thailand unless they take measures to prevent accidental killing of sea turtles while harvesting shrimps. The four complainants argue that the US law transgresses world trade rules and imposes US legislation outside its boundaries. The two sides have been holding consultations since October but no solution has been found.

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