DISPUTE SETTLEMENT

DS: India — Measures Affecting Export of Certain Commodities

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Consultations

Complaint by the European Communities.

On 16 March 1998, the EC requested consultations with India in respect of India’s EXIM Policy (1997-2002), which allegedly sets up a negative list for the export of several commodities. The EC alleged that under this policy, raw hides and skins are listed as products the export of which requires an export licence, and that these licences are systematically refused. The EC contended that this is in effect an export embargo and violates Article XI of GATT 1994. On 12 October 2000, the EC requested the establishment of a panel. At its meeting of 23 October 2000, the DSB deferred the establishment of a panel.

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