The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has agreed to look into a complaint filed by the UAE against the ban imposed by Qatar on Emirati products.
The WTO has decided to constitute an arbitration committee to investigate the UAE’s complaint, state news agency WAM reported on Wednesday.
The UAE has stressed that the Qatari ban on Emirati products is a flagrant violation of WTO rules and at odds with its obligations towards the global trade body.
The country said it was looking forward to working with the WTO arbitrators and contesting Qatar’s unilateral decision to ban UAE products.
The ban came in the wake of severing diplomatic relations with Qatar by the Arab Quartet, which also includes Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt, due to the former’s support for terrorist and extremist outfits, WAM said.
Qatar partially withdrew the measures against UAE products just before the last session of the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body on April 27, but the UAE contends that the previous decision of Qatar as well as some current measures went against its obligations to WTO.
The UAE believes that the Qatari measures violated the WTO’s basic principles of market access and its rules against discrimination.
The UAE said it believes that the Qatari measures violated Article 23 of the WTO’s rules for dispute settlement procedures.
It added in a statement carried by WAM that Qatar is indulging in "gross duplicity in its efforts to use international bodies for its own ulterior motives".For all the latest business news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
Subscribe to Arabian Business' newsletter to receive the latest breaking news and business stories in Dubai,the UAE and the GCC straight to your inbox.