WTO Appellate Body found in favour of the US in a dispute challenging India’s domestic content requirements for solar cells and modules under India’s National Solar Mission
GN Bureau | October 4, 2016
The US will press for the rapid enforcement of a World Trade Organisation (WTO) panel report that found India’s domestic content requirements breach international trade rules.
United States Trade Representative Michael Froman announced that the Obama administration will press for the rapid enforcement of those findings in a special meeting of the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body.
On September 16, 2016, the WTO Appellate Body found in favour of the United States in a dispute challenging India’s domestic content requirements for solar cells and modules under India’s National Solar Mission, a press release said.
The appellate report affirmed a February 2016 WTO panel report finding that India’s domestic content requirements breach international trade rules because they prohibit Indian solar power developers from using solar cells and modules made in the United States in certain projects.
Since India enacted these requirements in 2011, American solar exports to India have fallen by more than 90 percent. By requesting the WTO to adopt the reports, the United States is pushing to stop India’s discrimination against US solar exports sooner rather than later.
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