SoKor maintains import ban on Japanese seafood despite WTO order
The govenrment of South Korea stood firm over the imposition of stricter import measures against Japan’s seafood products as it filed an appeal against World Trade Organization ruling that orders the easing of trade barriers seven years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
To recall, Tokyo filed a complaint before the WTO over Seoul’s additional measures on seafood exports.
In October 2017, the WTO dispute panel ruled that maintaing such measure is no longer justifiable and needs to be lifted as it violates the sanitary and phytosanitary agreement among member countries. The report was made official after being circulated to WTO member countries in February.
Despite the ruling, Seoul said that it will maximize all legal recourse to ensure the safety of the public, adding that it will maintain the current restrictions until a final decision by the panel .
To date, 24 countries – including the United States, Russia and Argentina – have import restrictions against Japanese seafood products. But only South Korea has been slapped with a case before the WTO.