DISPUTE SETTLEMENT

DS: India — Measures Concerning Sugar and Sugarcane

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Consultations

Complaint by Brazil (See also DS580 and DS581)

On 27 February 2019, Brazil requested consultations with India concerning domestic support allegedly provided by India in favour of agricultural producers of sugarcane and sugar (domestic support measures), as well as all export subsidies that India allegedly provides for sugar and sugarcane (export subsidy measures).

Brazil claimed that the domestic support measures appear to be inconsistent with:

  • Articles 3.2, 6.3 and 7.2(b) of the Agreement on Agriculture.

Brazil claimed that the export subsidy measures appear to be inconsistent with:

  • Articles 3.3, 8, 9.1 and 10.1 of the Agreement on Agriculture.

On 11 March 2019, Guatemala requested to join the consultations. On 12 March 2019, Costa Rica and the European Union requested to join the consultations. On 13 March 2019, Australia requested to join the consultations. On 14 March 2019, Thailand requested to join the consultations.

 

Panel and Appellate Body proceedings

On 11 July 2019, Brazil requested the establishment of a Panel. At its meeting on 22 July 2019, the DSB deferred the establishment of a panel.

At its meeting on 15 August 2019, the DSB established a panel. Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, the European Union, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Japan, Panama, the Russian Federation, Thailand and the United States reserved their third-party rights.

On 16 October 2019, Brazil requested the Director-General to compose the panel. On 28 October 2019, the Director-General composed the panel.

 

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