India - Tariff Treatment on Certain Goods - Request for the establishment of a Panel by Japan

India – Tariff Treatment on Certain Goods

Request for the Establishment of a Panel by Japan

The following communication, dated 19 March 2020, from the delegation of Japan to the Chairperson of the Dispute Settlement Body, is circulated pursuant to Article 6.2 of the DSU.





My authorities have instructed me to request the establishment of a panel pursuant to Articles 4.7 and 6 of the Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes ("DSU"), and Article XXIII of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 ("GATT 1994") with respect to the measures by India imposing customs duties, in excess of the applicable bound rates, on certain goods imported from Japan.


On 10 May 2019, Japan requested consultations with India.[1] The Government of Japan and the Government of India held consultations on 23 May 2019, with a view to reaching a mutually satisfactory solution. Unfortunately, the consultations failed to settle the dispute.


The products set out below fall within the scope of the relevant tariff lines for which India has set the bound rate of 0%. However, India applies duties in excess of the bound rate on these products.


[1] WT/DS584/1, G/L/1318, circulated on 14 May 2019.