India may approach WTO if US denies GSP benefits

Preferential treatment cannot be unilaterally terminated

by Nidhi Bhati

India can approach the dispute settlement body of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) if the US denies it generalised system of preferences (GSP) benefits, as per a report in Economic Times. The US has announced to review India’s GSP eligibility based on petitions filed by its dairy and medical devices industry stating that Indian trade barriers affect US exports in those sectors [see here]. According to industry sources, the GSP is a non-reciprocal programme. Explaining further they said that when developed countries grant trade concessions to developing countries, they should not expect matching offers in return. Hence, the benefits can’t be unilaterally terminated on such basis. As per US norms, a beneficiary country must meet 15 eligibility criteria established by the Congress in order to qualify for GSP. However, India can challenge the US even if these conditions are not met and benefits are stopped, opine industry sources.

References
1. https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/foreign-trade/india-may-move-wto-if-us-denies-preferential-treatment-to-exports/articleshow/63775593.cms
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