Chinese Taipei to join WTO consultations over India?

Chennai: Chinese Taipei has expressed interest in joining consultations in a case filed by Japan in the WTO’s dispute settlement body against India’s import duties on certain ICT products, including mobile phones.

According to a communication of the WTO on Monday, Chinese Taipei said the separate customs territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu has a substantial trade interest in information communications technology (ICT) goods.

On 14 May, Japan dragged India to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) over the import duties imposed on certain electronic goods including telephones for cellular networks; machines for reception, conversion and transmission or regeneration of voice, images or other data; and parts of telephone sets.

The communication said: “The separate customs territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu hereby notifies the consulting members and the dispute settlement body of its desire to be joined in these consultations.”

NT Bureau