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India to face two WTO dispute panels against import duties on Japan, Taiwan: Report

This is the second instance India is facing a dispute on the issue after the European Union made a similar request to the WTO in June 2020

July 20, 2020 / 11:46 AM IST

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has reportedly set up two dispute settlement panels against India on the request of Taiwan and Japan. The countries had raised an issue against India imposing duties on mobile phones and other information and communication technology (ICT) products imported from them.

The WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) is expected to consider second requests for panels made by both countries in its meeting on July 29, an official told The Hindu BusinessLine.

This is the second instance India is facing a dispute on the issue after the European Union made a similar request to the WTO in June 2020. The Indian government had then refused the organisation’s request to deal with all three complaints in a single panel.

“In the DSB meeting last month, India was able to block Japan and Taiwan’s requests as those were first requests made by the countries. This time panels will have to be set up as second requests can’t be blocked,” an official said.