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WTO starts panel on Indian imports from Japan

The World Trade Organization (WTO) launched a dispute settlement panel on India’s imports of high-tech products originating in Japan.

Japan submitted its second panel request on the tariff treatment of Indian imports of certain information and communication technology (ICT) goods.

Japan’s first request was blocked at the dispute settlement body (DSB) meeting on June 29.

Japan reiterated that India had increased customs duties on imports of the products concerned above the bound rates established in its WTO schedule of commitments.

Japan requested that India accept a single panel to review its complaint and those of Chinese Taipei and the European Union, as they all relate to the same issue.

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India said it was deeply disappointed with Japan’s request, and reiterated that Japan’s complaint essentially sought India to make commitments under the expanded Information Technology Agreement (ITA-II) that it never signed, and to take advantage of a mistake made by India by transposing its tariff lines to the updated Harmonized System (HS) of tariffs.

India also said it would not agree to the establishment of a single panel to review complaints from Japan, Chinese Taipei and the EU, as there were wide differences in the three complaints.

The EU, which ensured the establishment of a panel on its claim at the DSB meeting on June 29, said it supported the establishment of a single panel as all claimants identify the same tariff treatment for ICT products and all based on the same law.

The DSB agreed to the establishment of a panel. The EU, Chinese Taipei, the United States, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Norway, Singapore, Thailand, Russia, Brazil, Korea, China, Canada and Indonesia reserved their third-party rights to participate in the proceedings.

Duty

Chinese Taipei submitted its second panel request on India’s tariff treatment of imports of certain ICT products.

Chinese Taipei’s first request was blocked at the DSB meeting on June 29.

As with the EU and Japan, Chinese Taipei said India is applying tariffs on ITC merchandise imports that exceed the bound rate set out in its WTO schedule of commitments, and that it is applying less favorable treatment to the ICT products of Chinese Taipei.

He joined the EU and Japan in calling for the establishment of a single panel to decide on the three claims in order to save resources for all involved.

The EU and Chinese Taipei said they regretted India’s refusal to accept the establishment of a single panel.

The DSB agreed to the establishment of a panel. The EU, Japan, United States, Turkey, United Kingdom, Norway, Singapore, Thailand, Russia, Brazil, Korea, China, Canada and Indonesia reserved their third-party rights to participate in the proceedings.

 

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