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WTO rules against India in solar case with USA

India lost its appeal at the World Trade Organization in a dispute over solar power on Friday, failing to overturn a US complaint that New Delhi had discriminated against importers in the Indian solar power sector.
•    The WTO's appeals judges upheld an earlier ruling that found India had broken WTO rules by requiring solar power developers to use Indian-made cells and modules. 
•    The appeal ruling is final and India will be expected to bring its laws into compliance with the WTO rules.
•    Indian officials made no immediate comment on the appeal outcome.
•    US solar exports to India have fallen by more than 90 percent since India brought in the rules, the statement said.
•    As in the earlier ruling, which was issued in February this year, the judges said India could not claim exemptions on the basis that its national solar power sector was included in government procurement, nor on the basis that solar goods were in short supply.
 

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India complains US Renewable Subsidies to WTO

India has moved the World Trade Organisation (WTO) against the subsidy given by eight US states in renewable energy under American domestic content requirements, the Commerce Ministry said on Tuesday.
•    The eight US states are - Washington, California, Montana, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Michigan, Delaware and Minnesota.
•    India's complaint is on the grounds that subsidies are inconsistent with world trade norms because they provide less favourable treatment to imported products.
•    According to WTO rules, if consultations fail to resolve the dispute within 60 days, the complainant may request adjudication by a panel.
•    The US had, in 2013, brought a complaint against India before the WTO on similar grounds, alleging violation of global trading rules.
•    A WTO panel ruled earlier this year that India's domestic content requirement under its national solar programme is inconsistent with its treaty obligations.

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