"Despite the implementation of these measures, India's import regime remains complex, especially its licensing and permit system, and its tariff structure, which has multiple exemptions, with rates varying according to product, user or specific export promotion programme," the Geneva-based multilateral organisation stated.

According to the sixth Trade Policy Review of India, prepared by WTO, the country has taken several initiatives to modernise its Intellectual Property Regime (IPR) administration and continues its efforts to enforce IPRs. Acknowledging India's support for the multilateral trading system, it cited the country has historically been party to a few regional trade pacts.

"However, despite India's reservations, regionalism has increasingly become an element of its overall trade policy objective of enhanced market access for its exports. This is evidenced by the 15 agreements currently in force and its involvement in the negotiation of other agreements," it added.

It said that the simple average MFN (Most Favoured Nation) tariff rate rose to 13 percent in 2014-15 from 12 percent in 2010-11."This reflects a rise in tariffs in agriculture, particularly for cereals and preparations thereof, oil seeds and fats, and sugars and confectionery," it added.

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