DS: India — Tariff Treatment on Certain Goods in the Information and Communications Technology Sector

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Complaint by the European Union

On 2 April 2019, the European Union requested consultations with India concerning the tariff treatment that India accords to certain goods in the information and communications technology sector.

The European Union claimed that the measures appear to be inconsistent with:

  • Articles II:1(a) and II:1(b) of the GATT 1994.

On 17 April 2019, Singapore and Chinese Taipei, requested to join the consultations. On 18 April 2019, Canada, Japan, Thailand and the United States requested to join the consultations. On 19 April 2019, China requested to join the consultations.


Panel and Appellate Body proceedings

On 17 February 2020, the European Union requested the establishment of a Panel. At its meeting on 28 February and 5 March 2020, the DSB deferred the establishment of a panel.

At its meeting on 29 June 2020, the DSB established a panel. Brazil, Canada, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Norway, Pakistan, the Russian Federation, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States reserved their third-party rights.

On 19 August 2020, the European Union requested the Director-General to compose the panel. On 31 August 2020, the Director-General composed the panel.

On 4 March 2021, the Chair of the panel informed the DSB that, in accordance with the timetable adopted following consultations with the parties, the panel In its co estimated that it would issue its final report to the parties in the second quarter of 2022. The Chair apprised the DSB that the report would be available to the public once it was circulated to the Members in all three official languages, and that the date of circulation depends on completion of translation.



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