India secures WTO compliance panel on chicken imports


India has secured the establishment of a compliance panel at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) regarding the dispute with the US on restrictions on chicken imports. The panel will determine whether it has complied with a previous ruling faulting import prohibitions on poultry due to bird flu concerns. “New Delhi had requested that a panel be established to show that the new measures conform to India’s WTO obligations.

The US had disagreed that India’s revised avian influenza (AI) measures comply with the WTO findings. The request has been accepted,” an official privy to the meeting of the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body told The Hindu Business Line. India’s first request for a panel was blocked by the US in April, prompting India to submit a second request.


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