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Japan Launches WTO Challenge To India's Cellphone Tariffs

Law360 (May 14, 2019, 5:05 PM EDT) -- The government of Japan has accused India at the World Trade Organization of violating its international trade obligations by slapping double-digit tariffs on smartphones and other telecommunications products.

In a filing published Tuesday, Japan told the global trade body that India has raised tariffs on its information and communications technology products, such as on cellphones and other transmission and routing devices, in breach of India’s tariff commitments under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.

The filing — a consultations request, which initiates a trade dispute at the WTO — claims that India’s tariffs, which range between 10% and 20%, are...

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