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March 19, 2018 | by    

Trump Administration Will Challenge Indian Steel Subsidies At WTO

Last Wednesday, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced that the United States has requested dispute settlement consultations with the government of India at the World Trade Organization (WTO) challenging Indian export subsidy programs for producers of steel products, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, information technology products, textiles, and apparel.

Lighthizer said India’s subsidies “harm American workers by creating an uneven playing field on which they must compete.”

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said India allows exemptions from certain duties, taxes, and fees that provide Indian producers more than $7 billion in subsidies. As the office explained, these consultations are just the first step in the WTO dispute settlement process. If the United States and India are not able to reach a mutually agreed solution through consultations, the United States may request the establishment of a WTO dispute settlement panel to review the matter.

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