Japan protests import duty on mobiles, printers
NEW DELHI: Japan has lodged an official protest with the government on its decision to impose 20% duty on imported cellphones and 10% on ink cartridges and some printers, arguing that the move is against India’s commitment to the World Trade Organization (WTO). In July 2017, the government had imposed 10% customs duty and raised it to 15% in December. In February, it was raised to 20%, along with a 10% levy on ink cartridges and some printers as the Centre was keen to promote domestic manufacturing of handsets as part of its ‘Make in India’ push.
Japanese authorities have held discussions with top government officials and demanded that the duty should be rolled back as it violated India’s promise to allow zero-duty import under the WTO’s General Agreement on Tariffs & Trade and also caused damaged to Japanese companies, sources told TOI.
Government officials, however, said India was well within its rights to impose these duties since cellphone as a product category was not part of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) that was signed at WTO.
Trade experts are split on the issue, with some of them suggesting that the government may be on a weak wicket and could attract a dispute at WTO. The government’s decision to impose duties had attracted severe criticism at the time of the Budget, with many suggesting that the Centre should focus on making Indian industry more competitive, instead of protecting it.
A few years ago, India had opted out of ITA-II, which would have increased the coverage of zero-duty imports to more infotech products, arguing that it affected policy flexibility for the government and will impact domestic manufacturing.
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Rop Hod11655 Rop Hod-1 hour ago -Follow
Japanese companies can produce in India and sell within India and also export to other countries.
Manas Sarkar Manas Sarkar-Hong Kong-33 mins ago
Govt has taken right decision. If good phone manufacturers like to sell their product in Indian market, must shift their production unit to India. Now Samsung is manufacturing in India, their largest plant is in India. So this govt decision will give benefit to them. Also for cheaper regular mobiles, many Indian manufacturers are there, as I personally used one such product, I can say quality is not bad.
Biju J114 Biju J-1 hour ago -Follow
Haha. Now we have to use substandard items under make in india move. We have to buy wahter ever indian companies are made . Y cannoy compete with imported items ?. Why we buy impotred items because of quality . So now finallg we jave to compromise with quality . Illetrate govermemt ministers .
Ajay Kumar93 Ajay Kumar-41 mins ago -Follow
This is how developing countries learn and grow. Initially quality may be low but in the long-term Indian companies will become competitive. Dependency on other countries products is like having economic slavery. Need to promote Indian industries like this for India`s long term development.
No Reply1752 No Reply-NYC-1 hour ago -Follow
India produces shite quality
Pbuh pbuh-c-1 hour ago
High time INDIA gets out of WTO, UN and all such agencies that exist to protect Caucasian hegemony. All bilateral treaties must have a simple THEME. Give employment to Indians in proportion to the billion consumer market you want to penetrate. Though 50% of planets surface is criminally usurped land , we are not asking for permanent residence of passport. Just work permit. When we die how does it matter whether we die as an Indian or Non resident Indian? When we live, we need to work, add value, earn money and survive with dignity
Sekhar Sarma2018 Sekhar-21 mins ago -Follow
Why can't Japanese companies start their manufacturing in India and export to other countries just like Maruti Suzuki & others.
Ajay Sharma Ajay Sharma-Singapore-47 mins ago
But this is how developing countries grow. First they learn to make products, which may be low quality. But in the long-term they get better and competitive. Good move for India for long-term.
Keshav Pai493 Keshav-Bengaluru-11 mins ago -Follow
Good move by govt to protect Indian industry by imposing duty by going against WTO agreement ,but Feku Congress supporters will have same old nonsense coment ,Feku ,if you decrease import duty again Feku ....the unidentifieable Feku support system of Con-congress will have same say
Sanjoy Pandey36711 Sanjoy Pandey-20 mins ago -Follow
India has taken the right step.
Kayin3233 Kayin-India-37 mins ago -Follow
feku fxxk is only good for imposing and collecting money.
Saksh10195 saksh-53 mins ago -Follow
BE INDIAN , TAKE BATH WITH LIFE BUOY SOAP,, WEAR KHADI,, EAT PORRIDGE BUTTER IF UR RICH OR EAT RAT IF UR POOR,, THIS IS PATRIOTISM HEHEHEHHE
Daniel Liao460 Daniel Liao-1 hour ago -Follow
Not we are in deep soup.... ð
Dean M18492 Dean-traveller-4 hours ago -Follow
solution is very simple . erect plants inside India. give employment to Indian citizens. we are the end buyers of the products. we want our own brothers make the products for us. you sell and take your share of profit. we have no issues with it!!
Dayanand Babu9977 Dayanand-5 hours ago -Follow
It is sensible decision considering global situation. Congress is always on the wrong side of a right thing. Hahaha