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Tariff Treatment on Certain Goods in the Information and Communications Technology Sector

Status: Pending

Subject: GATT 1994,

Respondent: India

Complainant(s): Japan,

Third Parties: Brazil, Canada, United States, China, Chinese Taipei, European Union, Norway, Russian Federation, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Korea, Pakistan, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand,

Dispute Number: DS584

Link to Dispute Site: https://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/dispu_e/cases_e/ds584_e.htm

On May 10, 2019, Japan requested consultations with India regarding the tariff treatment that India allegedly accords to certain goods in the information and communications technology sector. 

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

On May 15, 2019, the United States requested to join the consultations. On May 16, 2019, Chinese Taipei requested to join the consultations. On May 17, 2019, Canada and Singapore requested to join the consultations. On May 21, 2019, China, the European Union and Thailand requested to join the consultations.

On March 19, 2020, Japan requested the establishment of a panel. At its meeting on June 29, 2020, the DSB deferred the establishment of a panel.

At its meeting on July 29, 2020, the DSB established a panel. Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, Indonesia, Korea, Norway, Pakistan, the Russian Federation, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States reserved their third-party rights.

Following agreement of the parties, the panel was composed on October 7, 2020.

Panel Proceedings
Brief Date Brief Description
12/8/2021 U.S. Third-Party Executive Summary
11/24/2021 U.S. Third-Party Responses to Panel Questions 
10/13/2021 U.S. Third-Party Oral Statement 
09/20/2021 U.S. Third-Party Responses to Advance Panel Questions 
04/22/2021 U.S. Third-Party Submission