Japan drags India to WTO on duties on steel products

23 December 2016

Japan has dragged India to the World Trade Organisation's dispute settlement body for imposing safeguard measures on steel products and minimum import price on iron and steel products.

On 20 December, Japan notified the WTO Secretariat that it had requested dispute consultations with India in the dispute “India – Certain Measures on Imports of Iron and Steel Products”.

India had imposed safeguard measures in steel in September 2015 and MIP on iron and steel products in February this year.

Under MIP, products cannot be imported unless their import prices are at or above the imposed minimum.

Japan, world's second largest steel producer, found these measures inconsistent with the WTO norms and has initiated the process of consultations.

The request for consultations formally initiates a dispute in the WTO. Consultations give the parties an opportunity to discuss the matter and to find a satisfactory solution without proceeding further with litigation. After 60 days, if consultations have failed to resolve the dispute, the complainant may request adjudication by a panel.