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Philippines v. Thailand

The Philippines brought several claims against Thailand under GATT 1994 concerning fiscal and customs measures affecting the importation of cigarettes. The disputed measures included customs valuation practices, excise tax, health tax, TV tax, VAT regime, retail licensing requirements and import guarantees imposed upon cigarette importers. Among other things, the WTO Panel report concluded that Thailand acted inconsistently with the GATT 1994 by subjecting imported cigarettes to VAT liability in excess of that applied to domestic cigarettes and in other ways treating imported cigarettes less favorably than like domestic cigarettes.