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India for customs duty on CAD files for 3D Printing

India for customs duty on computer-aided design files for 3-D printing. Source: The Economic Times
Source: The Economic Times

India has proposed imposing customs duties on computer-aided design, or CAD, files, which are necessary for 3D printing, while pitching its case for countries to be able to tax electronic transmissions.

Electronic transmissions are at present immune from taxation in the World Trade Organization (WTO) under a moratorium. If the moratorium continues, India argued at the WTO, foreign firms will be able to export any software duty-free to developing countries to 3D print products that they currently manufacture. This will lead to “disruption in traditional manufacturing, resulting in job losses and decline in incomes” especially in textiles and clothing, footwear, auto-components, toys, mechanical appliances and hand tools, it said.

India and South Africa have been arguing that the e-commerce moratorium, giving immunity to e-transmissions, has led to loss of revenue and had taken away policy space from developing countries. “An important policy instrument available for this purpose would be to impose customs duties on CAD files necessary for 3D printing,” India said at WTO’s General Council meeting earlier this week.

Source: The Economic Times

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Aditya Chandavarkar

Aditya Chandavarkar

Aditya Chandavarkar is a established entrepreneur with business interests in manufacturing, innovative technology and consulting. He is the co-founder of CNT Expositions and Services (acronym for Catalysing New Technologies), which was subsequently formed by the acquisition of Inkjet Forum India – a leading knowledge sharing platform for inkjet printing technology founded by him. At Inkjet Forum India, Aditya was single handedly responsible for conceptualizing and organizing conferences and educations programs, in the area of digital textile printing and industrial inkjet.