The U.S. blocked a request by India for World Trade Organization judges to investigate the legality of American countervailing duties on some Indian steel products. A second request would be automatically accepted.
India complained at the Geneva-based WTO on April 24, saying U.S. anti-subsidy duties on certain hot-rolled carbon- steel flat products violate global trade rules. India is challenging a U.S. finding that Indian steel producers got an illegal subsidy by paying too little for iron ore from a state- owned producer.
The U.S. first imposed the tariff in December 2001 and extended it six years later. The duty is fixed at 102.7 percent, according to a notification submitted by the U.S. to the WTO. The two governments held consultations in an unsuccessful bid to resolve the dispute without resorting to a panel.
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