NEW DELHI: India has termed as “unilateral motion” a current transfer by the US to terminate an exemption given to creating international locations from countervailing obligation (CVD) investigations.

Individually, it additionally criticised one other US resolution to unilaterally take away India and Turkey from a listing of creating international locations which are exempt from safeguard obligation on crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells and huge residential washers, final yr.

India mentioned such actions “gas our apprehensions that the actual goal…is to in the end terminate Particular and Differential Therapy (S&DT) on the World Commerce Group altogether”.

Final month, the US Commerce Consultant (USTR) eradicated a number of nations, together with India, Brazil, Indonesia, Hong Kong, South Africa and Argentina from getting particular preferences underneath the nation’s methodology for CVD investigations. The explanation it acknowledged — the earlier steerage that dates again to 1998 “is now out of date.”

The US eliminated India from the listing on account of it being a G-20 member and having a share of zero.5% or extra of world commerce.

“S&DT is a treaty embedded proper on the WTO, an entitlement which creating international locations have paid for, and that can’t be taken away from us primarily based on sure arbitrary assumptions, together with artistic interpretations of the premise of G20 membership,” India acknowledged on the Common Council assembly of the WTO final week.

To place the nation, which has an annual per capita earnings of about $2,500, in the identical growth class because the US, with a per capita GDP of greater than $70,000, could be “blatantly unfair”, India mentioned.

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“Nonetheless, in full negation of such repeated assertions, the US has been unilaterally denying S&DT to creating international locations even underneath the prevailing WTO Agreements,” India mentioned.

New Delhi mentioned that the case-by-case strategy being proposed for international locations to safe S&DT, which depends on offering proof of the necessity for it, will quickly increase to requesting for and in search of S&DT, product by product and line by line.

“It will likely be so burdensome and impractical that it’s going to make S&DT for creating international locations and LDCs (Least Developed Nations), extinct and part of historical past of the WTO,” India mentioned, including that in future, the US might deny S&DT underneath the prevailing WTO guidelines to different creating international locations and even to LDCs utilizing “arbitrary standards”.

Referring to a USTR report on the WTO Appellate Physique final month, India mentioned it was “dissatisfied” with it because the members have been discussing the explanation for the state of the organisation. The USTR report had mentioned that the WTO Appellate Physique had frequently expanded the scope of points underneath assessment and dragged out the dispute settlement course of.