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UK stance on agri GI items remains hurdle in FTA talks with India

UK stance on agri GI items remains hurdle in FTA talks with India
  • Ongoing negotiations between the UK and India for a free trade agreement (FTA) face a significant obstacle related to Geographical Indication (GI) items in the agricultural sector.

  • The unresolved issue centers on the UK's insistence on robust protection measures for its GI products, notably iconic items like Scotch whisky, Stilton cheese, and Cheddar cheese.

  • Geographical Indication (GI) products, exemplified by Scotch whisky and certain cheeses, derive their quality and distinctiveness from specific geographical origins. Once a product attains GI status, others are prohibited from selling a similar item under the same name.

  • The Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) framework, established by the World Trade Organization, provides a comprehensive level of protection for GIs.

  • Noteworthy Indian products with GI tags encompass Basmati rice, Darjeeling Tea, Chanderi Fabric, Mysore Silk, Kullu Shawl, Kangra Tea, Thanjavur Paintings, and Kashmir Walnut Wood Carving.

  • The resolution of differences in the approach to protecting agricultural GI items remains a pivotal aspect of the ongoing FTA talks between the UK and India.

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Published date : 20 Nov 2023 04:21PM

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