Asserting it has not violated any international trade law, India has given a strong rebuttal to European Union and the US which raised concern at a WTO meeting over restriction on imports of apples into the Indian markets.
At the recent meeting of WTO Committee on Import Licensing in Geneva, the European Union and the US questioned Indias policy of limiting the entry of imported apples to one port-Nhava Sheva in Mumbai.
The EU said it was very concerned, noting that members ought to prevent trade distortion under their WTO commitments. It asked India what will happen to imported apples that are brought through other ports and requested further information about the rationale for the measure. The US meanwhile said the measure has so far "had an impact on trade" while similar concerns were raised by New Zealand, Chile and Australia, as per the document available on the web site of the World Trade Organisation.
India replied by saying that the measure of restricting apples import to only Nhava Sheva did not fall within the definition of an import licensing measure under the Agreement on Import Licensing Procedures and thus is not fit for discussion under this Committee. India also referred to an earlier dispute wherein the WTO panel had not considered designating port of entry as a violation of import licensing provisions. UNI PC RN 0847
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