DS: India — Tariff Treatment on Certain Goods

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Complaint by Japan

On 10 May 2019, Japan requested consultations with India regarding the tariff treatment that India allegedly accords to certain goods (telephones for cellular networks or for other wireless networks; base stations; machines for the reception, conversion and transmission or regeneration of voice, images or other data, including switching and routing apparatus; and parts of telephone sets and other apparatus for the transmission or reception of voice, images or other data).

Japan claimed that the measures at issue appear to be inconsistent with Articles II:1(a) and II:1(b) of the GATT 1994.

On 15 May 2019, the United States requested to join the consultations. On 16 May 2019, Chinese Taipei requested to join the consultations. On 17 May 2019, Canada and Singapore requested to join the consultations. On 21 May 2019, China, the European Union and Thailand requested to join the consultations.


Panel and Appellate Body proceedings

On 19 March 2020, Japan requested the establishment of a panel. At its meeting on 29 June 2020, the DSB deferred the establishment of a panel.

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

Following agreement of the parties, the panel was composed on 7 October 2020.



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