Ja­pan takes In­dia to WTO over im­port du­ties on mo­bile phones, routers

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Ja­pan has com­plained at the World Trade Organizati­on about In­dia’s du­ties on mo­bile phones, base sta­tions and routers, and the cir­cuit boards and other com­po­nents that go into them, a WTO fil­ing showed on Tues­day.

Ja­pan’s com­plaint said In­dia had sought to fos­ter do­mes­tic pro­duc­tion by ad­just­ing var­i­ous taxes in­clud­ing cus­toms du­ties, es­pe­cially since it launched the “Make in In­dia” cam­paign in Septem­ber 2014. Some of the tar­iffs on goods of sub­stan­tial in­ter­est to Ja­pan were now “clearly in ex­cess” of the rates al­lowed by the WTO. In­dia’s WTO mem­ber­ship terms spec­i­fied that the im­port tar­iff on all the dis­puted goods was zero per­cent, but In­dia ap­plied a 20% tar­iff to mo­bile phones and base sta­tions, and tar­iffs of 10%, 15% and 20% on the other prod­ucts, Ja­pan said. Trade data pro­vided by the In­ter­na­tional Trade Cen­tre, a UN-WTO joint ven­ture, showed Ja­pan ac­counted for a tiny pro­por­tion of In­dia’s mo­bile phone im­ports, val­ued at $53 mil­lion in 2011 and $43 mil­lion in 2012, but less than $2 mil­lion in all other years in the past decade. Un­der WTO rules, In­dia has 60 days to set­tle the dis­pute, af­ter which Ja­pan could ask WTO to set up an ad­ju­di­ca­tion panel to say whether In­dia’s tar­iffs break the rules.

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