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India likely to file dispute at WTO if US rejects exemption on tariffs, say sources

India recently requested exemptions, arguing that its exports of steel and aluminium to the US did not create a security concern for a country with whom it has a strategic partnership that goes beyond trade.

india Updated: Apr 23, 2018 14:52 IST
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US tarrifs,Steel export,Aluminium export
Last month, US President Donald Trump signed two proclamations that levied 25% tariff on steel and 10% tariff on aluminium imported from all countries except neighbouring Canada and Mexico. (Bloomberg)

India will likely lodge a trade dispute against the United States at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) if Washington does not grant it exemptions from higher tariffs on steel and aluminium, three government officials involved in trade talks told Reuters.

India recently requested exemptions, arguing that its exports of these products to the United States did not create a security concern for a country with whom it has a strategic partnership that goes beyond trade.

Three senior officials who did not want to be named said New Delhi would file a case citing discrimination with the WTO as a first course of action if the US did not grant the exemptions.

Indian steel minister Chaudhary Birender Singh declined to say how India might respond if its request for exemption was rejected.

“Our proposal is still pending with the US government and they have assured us they will reconsider,” Singh told Reuters.

However, an internal note prepared by his ministry and seen by Reuters showed India could also consider temporarily raising the basic customs duty on some US goods in the event the exemptions were not granted.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

First Published: Apr 23, 2018 14:51 IST