WTO decision made on India poultry dispute

Governments awaiting final translation of ruling in regards to poultry imports to India.

The United States is awaiting translation of the ruling from the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement panel in regards to poultry imports to India.  In 2012, the United States launched a WTO dispute, claiming India placed an unjustified ban of the import of U.S. poultry and live pigs because of an outbreak of a low pathogenic avian influenza in Virginia years early. The ban was put in place even though the United States has not had an outbreak of high pathogen avian influenza since 2004.

The dispute settlement panel has made their ruling, but it will not be released publicly until it is translated into different languages, according to American Farm Bureau Federation economist Veronica Nigh.  The report is to be translated into Spanish and French and will be publicly released as soon as that process is complete, Nigh said.

Once the United States and India both know the result of the ruling, the United States and India could both agree on the final report findings and work to develop a program to remove the trade barrier that has been alleged.  Or, if the United States and India do not agree, the process will continue and one of the two parties, or both, could appeal the ruling.  The ruling would then be sent back into the dispute settlement process where the case would be re-heard and another report would be filed.

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