Geneva/New Delhi : In a big setback, India lost a case in the WTO against the US on restrictions it had imposed on poultry imports from America.  Giving its ruling on a case filed by the US, the World Trade Organization’s dispute panel said that restrictions imposed by India on imports of poultry from America were “inconsistent” with global norms.

In March 2012, the US had dragged India to the WTO against India’s ban on imports of certain American farm products, including poultry meat and eggs.   “India’s Avian Influenza (AI) measures are inconsistent with (several articles)….of the SPS (sanitary and phyto-sanitary) Agreement because they are not based on the relevant international standard,” the ruling said.  India’s measures, it added, are “arbitrarily and unjustifiably discriminate between Members where identical or similar conditions prevail and are applied in a manner which constitutes a disguised restriction on international trade.”

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