The trade war is going digital: the countries, the eye rates on the Internet economy

GENEVA (Reuters) – A 20-year-old global moratorium on the imposition of tariffs on digital commerce, it would be the end of next week, as India and South Africa as well of the threats, according to the trade officials and the documents, it is possible to force people to pay for the rights to the software and movie downloads.

FILE PHOTO: the logos of The mobile apps, with Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, and Netflix, to be shown on a screen, in this illustration, the 3 December 2019 at the latest. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/File Photo

Since 1998, the World Trade Organization (WTO) members have extended to a ban on the import of the tasks of the so-called “soft

delivery of shipments to the value of up to $255 billion-a-year plan.

Some people think that this is in favour of the developed countries, in view of the strong support from Washington, at the beginning, and the majority of the loss of customs revenue, are thought to be born by the developing countries.

The pressure is growing for the lifting of the ban, as more and more books and movies become digital, the reduction of the revenue any further.

India and South Africa and distributed to an internal WTO document, reviewed by Reuters this week, said that with the increasing digitization forces a re-examination of the role of the “temporary suspension” of the previous year, with an indication of the potential of 3D printing for the manufacture of a product. It is going to be decided until next week, and the innovation required to be a full consensus.

Asked about the position of South Africa to the WTO Ambassador Xolelwa Mlumbi Peter said in response to e-mail this week that it is ” still in consultation on this important decision.”

India did not respond to a request for comment.

“At the moment, there are a number of countries, and that the trust and confidence that they will be able to stand apart from the general consensus,” he said of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Secretary General John Denton. “It would break the Internet.”

One proposal, supported by 21 countries, including China and Canada, and is committed to the extension of the ban for at least six months when it expires at the end of the year. Deal for real estate agent in Switzerland, said: “a large part of the WTO, has indicated his support for the Moratorium”.

Such tasks can be difficult, and it is not clear as to how it would be to be certain which the product originated and whether or not it is an import.

“How do you put a rate in for a bit? How would you like to capture millions of data streams from multiple source streams of the countries, the boundaries of each and every minute of every day,” said Denton.

However, for the first time, the possible answers are a work in progress. Indonesia tariff codes for the digital assets by 2018, with the determination of the level of 0 percent for the time being.


Should the moratorium end, but that doesn’t mean that the rates will become effective immediately, and Mlumbi Peter emphasizes that. However, this is considered to be more likely to be in a new culture of permissiveness

as a result of the expected paralysis of the world trade organization top-decision body after the Nov. 10.

“If someone is trying to get you to experiment, set duties, and even, on a limited set of products or services, there is a risk of immediate retaliation is the absence of a resolution of the dispute

function,” according to the ICC’s Andrew Wilson.

FILE PHOTO: A young boy is trying to get an Apple laptop to a computer shop in Tokyo, Japan, on 10 May 2019. (REUTERS photo/Issei Kato/File Photo

The estimates of the ban effect of the differences. At the very top of the scale, a recent U. N. report has said that the potential annual rate of income loss could rise to $10.4 billion a year to more than $ 10 billion lost because of the WTO-the developing countries.

“More and more production will have to be digitized in the future, so that developing countries will lose tariff revenue,” Rashmi Banga, of the report’s author, said.

However, a study by the OECD has questioned this assumption, arguing that the revenue gains from the elimination of the ban would be relatively small and the rates would lead to higher prices for consumers, among other charges.

Reporting by Emma Farge; Editing by Toby Chopra

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