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Temporary cotton export ban reaches WTO

Published by Steve Coleman on April 18, 2012

Canada, the US and the EU have had their say at the World Trade Organisation over a March ban that lasted a week in India over cotton exports.

The country enacted the ban March 5 saying it was worried about domestic businesses facing a supply shortage. After international pressure, the ban was lifted March 12 for contracts signed before the government stepped in to halt sales.

The temporary ban kept about two million bales of cotton off the market.

Appeals to the WTO also extended to concerns over how India was classifying marginal farmers when it was handing out subsidies. Both Canada and the US asked that India better define "marginal" to give a better picture of who fell into the category.

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