DISPUTE SETTLEMENT

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

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Consultations

Complaint by Chinese Taipei

On 2 September 2019, Chinese Taipei requested consultations with India regarding the tariff treatment that India accords to certain information and communications technology goods.

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

On 13 September 2019, Japan requested to join the consultations. On 17 September 2019, the United States requested to join the consultations. On 18 September 2019, Singapore requested to join the consultations. On 19 September, Canada requested to join the consultations. On 25 September 2019, the European Union requested to join the consultations.

 

Panel and Appellate Body proceedings

On 24 March 2020, Chinese Taipei 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, Japan, Korea, Norway, Pakistan, the Russian Federation, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States reserved their third-party rights.

On 19 August 2020, Chinese Taipei 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 estimated that it would issue its final report to the parties in the second quarter of 2022. In its communication, 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. On 29 June 2022, the Chair of the panel informed the DSB that the COVID-19 pandemic and related travel and other restrictions caused further delays in the proceedings and, as a result, the panel estimated that it would issue its final report to the parties not before the end of 2022.

 

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