India to be under threat of a World Trade Organization (WTO) committee of inquiry8. July 2020
Taiwan requested the World Trade Organization (WTO) in September last year to set up a committee of inquiry into India’s import duties on IT goods such as mobile phones. In such a trade dispute, the parties involved have a duty to present their position to the WTO. If this does not happen, the plaintiff can ask the WTO to set up a committee of inquiry. According to information from the WTO, a conciliation meeting was held on 21 November 2019, but it failed.
Meanwhile, the European Union has initiated a similar procedure at the WTO against India. By imposing import duties on mobile phones, the EU accuses India of violating WTO guidelines that require India not to impose such duties. Several countries, including the EU, Singapore, Canada, China, Taiwan and Thailand, have joined the case on the grounds that India’s actions are restricting their trade interests. The European Union has also extended the scope of the complaint from mobile phones and their components to other products such as mobile transmitters, integrated circuits and optical instruments. In India, the Telecommunication Engineering Center (TEC) is the competent authority when it comes to TEC certification for telecommunications products. From 1991 to 2019, TEC certification was still possible as a voluntary product registration. Since 2019, however, a mandatory test certification of telecommunications equipment has been in force. We will be happy to support you with TEC accreditation and are also available to answer any questions you may have.
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