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November 6, 2018
India and China questioned on implementation of Information Technology Agreement
Participants in the World Trade Organization (WTO) Information Technology Agreement (ITA) met on October 30, 2018 to discuss implementation issues related to the ITA and to report on work on non-tariff measures.
The agreement eliminates duties on several information technology products and its latest expansion was implemented in 2016.
As was the case in the June meeting, implementation issues concerning India and China were flagged again at the Committee meeting.
WTO members raised concerns about the import duties that India has introduced on mobile phones and their parts, which members consider to be covered by the ITA.
They also expressed concern about India's latest rectification notification, which sought to "unbind" the duties relating to these products. Members think that the Indian proposal would alter the scope of India's concessions and thus could not be considered rectification of a purely formal character.
Members also sought clarifications from China on the new tariffs on certain semi-conductor products covered by the ITA.
The participants urged India and China to bring their trade measures in line with the ITA and to grant duty-free market access for those products.
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