Sunday, June 17, 2018

USTR Seeks Comments on India's Export Subsidies

On June 18, 2018, the Office of the United States Trade Representative published in the Federal Register (83 FR 28306) WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding India--Export Related Measures.

On March 14, 2018, the United States requested consultations concerning certain Indian export subsidies provided through: (1) The Export Oriented Units Scheme and sector specific schemes, including Electronics Hardware Technology Parks Scheme, (2) the Merchandise Exports from India Scheme, (3) the Export Promotion Capital Goods Scheme, (4) Special Economic Zones, and (5) a duty-free imports for exporters program. The parties failed to reach a mutually satisfactory resolution to this dispute. On May 17, 2018, the United States requested the establishment of a panel. The Dispute Settlement Body considered this request at its meeting of May 28, 2018, and established a panel to consider this dispute.

The United States alleges that India is providing prohibited export subsidies contrary to Articles 3.1(a) and 3.2 of the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures. USTR invites written comments concerning the issues raised in this dispute.

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