Comments on: Can export bans be challenged at the WTO? Beyond the World news headlines Wed, 16 Nov 2016 20:09:42 +0000 hourly 1 By: PAndrews Tue, 27 Sep 2011 17:54:15 +0000 One of the most fundamental short-comings of the WTO rules is that they prohibit import restrictions on ethical grounds. For example, in 2012 EU will make it illegal to keep chickens in battery cages because of the extreme cruelty involved. Switzerland did so in 1992. However, imports of eggs from countries with much lower standards, such as US, cannot be stopped.