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In the News: China WTO Case, Scrap Import Ban, EU Safeguards, India Solar Cells

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

U.S. files WTO challenge against China’s technology licensing requirements

“China appears to be breaking WTO rules by denying foreign patent holders, including U.S. companies, basic patent rights to stop a Chinese entity from using the technology after a licensing contract ends. China also appears to be breaking WTO rules by imposing mandatory adverse contract terms that discriminate against and are less favorable for imported foreign technology.”

[Office of the U.S. Trade Representative]

U.S. asks China not to implement ban on foreign garbage

“‘China’s import restrictions on recycled commodities have caused a fundamental disruption in global supply chains for scrap materials, directing them away from productive reuse and toward disposal,’ a U.S. representative told the meeting, according to a trade official in Geneva.”

[Reuters]

EU launches safeguard investigation of steel products to prevent trade diversion

“The safeguard investigation is one of the three types of measures the Commission announced in response to the US restrictions on steel and aluminium. It concerns products of all origin and its opening does not prejudge its results. However, the procedure can also result in imposition of import tariffs or quotas that would shield EU producers from excessive imports, if this proves necessary.”

[European Commission]

India ends AD investigation of solar cells

The probe focused on solar cells from China, Taiwan, and Malaysia, whether or not assembled partially or fully in modules or panels or on glass or some other suitable substrates.

[Business Today]

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