Norway has filed an official complaint with the WTO against the E.U. ban on imported seal products. The E.U. implemented the ban in 2009 in response to concerns about the methods employed in killing the seals. Effective 2010, seal products and goods may not be marketed in the E.U.; however, the ban does include exceptions for goods that are not sold for profit, as well as products coming from indigenous communities such as the Inuit. Norway alleges that the ban violates international trade rules and it has urged the E.U. to instead work with seal-hunting countries to ensure that proper methods are used in killing the seals.