The WTO appointed Mr. Claus-Dieter Ehlermann on February 28th to act as arbitrator to determine a reasonable time period for China to implement the WTO dispute settlement body’s rulings concerning Chinese duties on grain-oriented flat-rolled electrical steel products (“GOES”) from the United States. On November 16, 2012, the WTO adopted the determinations of a dispute settlement panel and the Appellate Body that the antidumping and countervailing duties GOES were imposed in a manner that was inconsistent with China’s WTO obligations. The United States requested arbitration after the two countries failed to reach agreement on how long it would take to implement the WTO’s findings. China had sought more time for implementation than allowed under the WTO rules.