Ceramic Industry News

WTO Body Upholds France's Ban On Asbestos

March 20, 2001
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) appellate body ruled recently that France was justified in banning imports of goods containing white asbestos, rejecting a Canadian bid to have an earlier finding overturned. Environmental groups welcomed the decision by three arbitrators who upheld a landmark verdict issued last July. The dispute settlement panel had found France's ban, in effect since 1997, conformed with WTO rules that permit trade bans if products pose threats to human, animal or plant health. Four scientific experts consulted by the original panel concurred that handling white, or chrysotile, asbestos fibres and chrysotile-cement products constitute a risk as they are highly toxic and cause cancer and other diseases. France was defended in the case by the European Union, which represents the trade interests of its 15 member states.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Ceramic Industry Magazine.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

May 2014 Issue Highlights

Our May 2014 issue is now available!


Sapphire: An Extreme Performer

Ian Doggett of Goodfellow and CI Editor Susan Sutton discuss the benefits and opportunities provided by industrial sapphire.

More Podcasts

Ceramic Industry Magazine

CI August 2014 cover

2014 August

Explore technical ceramics, glasses and refractories in our August issue!

Table Of Contents Subscribe


M:\General Shared\__AEC Store Katie Z\AEC Store\Images\Ceramics Industry\handbook of advanced ceramics.gif
Handbook of Advanced Ceramics Machining

Ceramics, with their unique properties and diverse applications, hold the potential to revolutionize many industries, including automotive and semiconductors.

More Products

Clear Seas Research

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications,Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


CI Data Book July 2012

Ceramic Industry's Directories including Components, Equipment Digest, Services, Data Book & Buyers Guide, Materials Handbook and much more!


facebook_40px twitter_40px  youtube_40pxlinkedin_40google+ icon 40px