India appeals against WTO panel’s ruling on export promotion schemes

On 18 Nov, India appealed against a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement panel’s ruling that had recommended withdrawal of its key export subsidy schemes, including the one for special economic zones in the next 90-180 days.

Recently, WTO had ruled that exports subsidy programmes Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS), Export Oriented Units Scheme and sector specific schemes, including Electronics Hardware Technology Parks Scheme and Bio-Technology Parks Scheme; Export Promotion Capital Goods Scheme; and Duty-Free Imports for Exporters Scheme- violated provisions of the trade body’s norms.

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