A week after the United States and Japan filed complaints against Argentina at the World Trade Organization, alleging that its import licensing rules are protectionist because they discriminate against foreign goods, the country has filed a complaint against the U.S. over its restrictions on imports of Argentinean beef and meat products.

"Argentina has notified the WTO Secretariat of a request for consultations with the United States on measures applied to the imports of Argentinian meat and other products of animal origin. Argentina claims that the restrictions, applied on sanitary grounds, don't have scientific justification," the WTO said according to a Reuters report.

Argentina filed a similar complaint against the European Union earlier this year, when the EU accused the country of limiting imports.

Argentina is seen by many fellow Group of 20 nations as a chronic rule-breaker since it staged the world's biggest sovereign debt default in 2002. It remains locked out of global credit markets and relies on export revenue for hard currency.

Source: Reuters