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India’s Ban on Imports of U.S. Agricultural Products Violates Trade Rules, WTO Says

Posted October 17, 2014

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(STR Trade Report)

A World Trade Organization dispute settlement panel has ruled against a ban India imposed in 2007 on imports of various U.S. agricultural products, including poultry meat, eggs and live pigs. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative notes that if India responds to the panel decision by lifting its ban, U.S. exports to India of poultry meat alone could exceed $300 million a year “and are likely to grow substantially in the future as India’s demand for high quality protein increases.”

India said its ban was meant to protect against avian influenza, but USTR points out that the U.S. has not had an outbreak of high pathogenic avian influenza since 2004, during which time India had over 90 HPAI outbreaks. According to a USTR press release, the WTO panel concluded that the ban breached India’s obligations under the WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures. Read more here.