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WTO panel rules against India in IT tariffs dispute with EU, others

A World Trade Organisation panel said today that India had violated global trading rules in a dispute with the European Union, Japan and Taiwan over import duties on IT products.

“We recommend that India bring such measures into conformity with its obligations,” the WTO panel’s report said.

In 2019, the EU challenged India’s introduction of import duties of between 7.5 per cent and 20 per cent for a wide range of IT products, such as mobile phones and components, as well as integrated circuits. Japan and Taiwan filed similar complaints that same year.

The EU is India’s third largest trading partner, accounting for 10.8% of total Indian trade in 2021, according to the European Commission

India can appeal the WTO panel’s decision. Its diplomatic mission in Geneva did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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