India may slap retaliatory tariffs on American goods ahead of Pompeo’s visit

New Delhi is getting ready to reply in opposition to unfriendly US commerce insurance policies directed at it, by climbing levies on 29 American goods, in all value as much as $290 million, Indian media has reported, citing its sources.

The retaliatory measure may be applied from June 16, in accordance with the Economic Times day by day newspaper. The tariffs are set to focus on walnuts, chickpeas, lentils, boric acid and diagnostic reagents, amongst different US merchandise.

India has been threatening the US with retaliatory tariffs since final June, after the Trump administration slapped further duties on the nation’s metal and aluminum exports. However, New Delhi postponed introducing the response measure a number of occasions since then, citing ongoing commerce negotiations with Washington.

“There will be no further extension of the retaliatory tariffs,” the Economic Times reported, citing an official conversant in the matter, who added that India’s commerce division and exterior affairs ministry assist the choice. The Indian authorities has not formally introduced the tariffs nor has it commented on the report, to this point.

Apart from further tariffs, US President Donald Trump annulled India’s commerce advantages stipulated beneath the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program, beginning June 5. Around $5.6 billion-worth of Indian merchandise used to get pleasure from duty-free entry to the American market yearly beneath the GSP deal.

Washington maintains that New Delhi failed to supply American firms with “equitable and reasonable” entry to native markets. At the identical time the US has been searching for to slender its $21-billion commerce deficit with India whereas accusing the nation of ‘unfair’ commerce practices.

The potential introduction of tariffs by India may come shortly earlier than US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to the nation later this month.

“We hope that our friends in India will drop their trade barriers and trust in the competitiveness,” Pompeo mentioned earlier this week, including that Washington continues to be open to dialogue.