WTO Rejects Indian Textile Rules Of Origin Manufacturing

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By James A. Morrissey,Washington CorrespondentWTO Rejects Indian Textile Rules Of Origin
ChallengeIn a ruling that strengthens the legal status of the textile rules of origin contained in
a number of textile trade agreements, the WTO has rejected a challenge of the rules by India. US
rules of origin were part of the legislation implemented by the Uruguay Round of trade negotiations
in 1994. The rules went unchallenged until 2002, when India filed a complaint with the WTO and a
dispute panel conducted an investigation. In connection with the investigation, ATMI filed a
statement saying India had no valid claim to a WTO dispute settlement unless it could be
demonstrated that trade with the United States was being impaired. The WTO apparently agreed with
that argument and rejected the complaint.

June 2003