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India’s Tariff Repeal Boosts US Farmers, Says USTR Katherine Tai

April 18, 2024 3:52 pm

India's Tariff Repeal Boosts US Farmers, Says USTR Katherine Tai

In a significant development outlined during her testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee Hearing on the President’s 2024 Trade Policy Agenda, US Trade Representative Katherine Tai highlighted the positive impact of India’s decision to remove retaliatory tariffs on various US agricultural products.

Tai emphasized that India’s move has opened up avenues for improved access to a range of commodities, including chickpeas, lentils, almonds, walnuts, and apples. This removal of barriers, she noted, has directly benefited farmers across the United States, with notable impacts in states like Michigan, Oregon, and Washington.

Furthermore, Tai underscored the collaborative efforts between India and the US in resolving long-standing disputes within the World Trade Organization (WTO). Last September marked the resolution of the final outstanding WTO dispute between the two nations, resulting in India agreeing to reduce tariffs on additional US products.

The broader implications of this resolution extend to enhanced market access for a variety of agricultural goods, such as turkey, duck, blueberries, and cranberries. These concessions, Tai noted, are particularly advantageous for farmers in states like North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

The announcement of these trade resolutions follows a series of diplomatic engagements, including discussions between US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the G20 Leaders’ Summit in New Delhi. The joint statement released following their meeting hailed the settlement of the WTO disputes as a significant milestone in bilateral relations.

This latest development underscores the ongoing efforts to strengthen trade ties between India and the US, with tangible benefits accruing to farmers on both sides. As barriers are dismantled and opportunities for collaboration expand, the foundation for mutually beneficial trade relations continues to grow stronger.

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