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India To Impose Higher Tarrifs On $10.6 Billion Of US Imports In Response To Removal Of GSP Designation


India To Impose Higher Tarrifs On $10.6 Billion Of US Imports In Response To Removal Of GSP Designation

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India to possibly impose higher tariffs on 29 goods imported from the US at a value of $10.6 billion on April 1st.

India To Impose Higher Tarrifs On $10.6 Billion Of US Imports In Response To Removal Of GSP Designation

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This would be a direct response to a recent US decision to withdraw duty benefits on $5.6 billion worth of exports from India by May. The reason for the duty benefits withdrawal were the trade barriers created by the Indian government, after negotiations for a trade package fell through.

The Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) programme allows duty-free entry of 1,784 products from India into the US, benefitting exporters of textiles, engineering, gems and jewellery and chemical products.

“India has implemented a wide array of trade barriers that create serious negative effects on United States commerce. Despite intensive engagement, India has failed to take the necessary steps to meet the GSP criterion,” the office of the United States Trade Representative said in a statement.

India To Impose Higher Tarrifs On $10.6 Billion Of US Imports In Response To Removal Of GSP Designation

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In June 2018, India had decided to levy higher tariffs on products such as almonds, apples and phosphoric acid in retaliation to the US unilaterally raising customs duties on certain steel and aluminium products. The implementation of the move was withheld because there were talks on-going between the US and India for a trade package.

“We are weighing all our options. The retaliatory tariffs may kick in either after the current deadline ends or before that. We are reserving our right to drag the US to the WTO (World Trade Organization) as the GSP (generalized system of preferences) withdrawal violates the principle of non-discrimination,” an anonymous Indian commerce ministry official said.

US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross recently participated in Trade Policy Forum talks and also voiced concerns regarding new trade barriers created by India, hinting at the stringent e-commerce rules that have affected US companies, including Amazon.com Inc. and Flipkart owner Walmart Inc.

“The fact that India has a $22-billion trade surplus with the US is particularly annoying to the Trump administration,” Live Mint reported.

In response, Indian Commerce Secretary Anup Wadhawan said that disproportionate demands from the US led to the collapse of talks, although India was ready to offer the US greater market access in agricultural products.

Wadhawan said the US brought new issues to the negotiating table, apart from medical devices and dairy products on a “self-initiated basis.” These include issues related to: access for various agriculture, animal husbandry and, information and communications technology products, including mobile phones.

“India was able to offer a very meaningful way forward on almost all the US requests. In a few instances, specific US requests were not found reasonable and doable at this time by the departments concerned, in light of public welfare concerns reflective of India’s developing country status and its national interest,” Wadhawan said.

Wadhawan said the impact of the US action on India’s exports will not be very significant as the duty benefits are worth only $190 million on exports worth $5.6 billion.

Turkey was the other beneficiary of the GSP that had its designation terminated.

“The United States designated Turkey as a GSP beneficiary developing country in 1975.  An increase in Gross National Income (GNI) per capita, declining poverty rates, and export diversification, by trading partner and by sector, are evidence of Turkey’s higher level of economic development,” the statement read.

The reason the U.S. intends to terminate Turkey’s designation as a beneficiary developing country under the GSP scheme was explained in a separate letter by U.S. President Trump saying, “I am taking this step because I think that Turkey should not be on the list of developing countries benefiting from GSP based on its level of economic development.”

Ankara’s response was that the decision contradicted the US-Turkey $75 billion trade target.

According to the Daily Sabah, the increase in US-Turkey trade volume that is currently $21 billion to $75 billion has been a center piece of recent phone conversations between Turkish  President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and U.S. President Donald Trump.

Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan criticized the move on her official Twitter account and highlighted that removal of Turkey from the GSP program is contradictory to the target of $75 billion in bilateral trade, a mutually agreed goal. “We still would like to pursue our target of increasing our bilateral trade with the U.S. who we see as our strategic partner, without losing any momentum,” she said and added, “This decision will also create repercussions for small and medium-sized enterprises [SMEs] in the U.S.”

Meanwhile, the US-China trade talks to avoid any escalation in the trade war are on-going.

Chinese Commerce Minister Zhong Shan said that the talks over the previous several weeks have been “very difficult” and “very exhausting.”

The two sides are reportedly closing in on a deal to end the trade war that began in July 2018. According to reports, a trade deal could be signed by US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping during a planned meeting in Florida later in March.

“I’d say it’s hard and difficult because the two countries have huge differences in their institutions, cultures and stages of development. The two sides had to make extra efforts [to reach consensus], so it was very difficult, it is very hard,” Zhong said. “[The negotiation] was also exhausting because the time available for negotiation was very limited – we were originally scheduled for two days and then the talks were extended for another two days, but the time was still very limited. Our team worked overtime and overnight.”



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  • ColinNZ

    There must by now be enough independent sovereign countries to join together to collectively target US trade and crush the $US ….. what are they waiting for? The exceptionalist empire has overstretched, so PLEASE put them out of their (and everybody elses) misery !

    • Zionism = EVIL

      The only challenge to the Americunts and their UK/Zionist poodles will come from China’s one belt initiative which the Americunts are trying to derail as Pakistan and Iran are major cogs in the project. It is time for Iran, Turkey, China and rest of Asia to come together. Not too sure about Russia as it is totally owned by Jews and Putin is crawling up his Americunt “partner”s arse.

  • Sinbad2

    As an example of how the US/UK is trying to start a war between India and Pakistan read the Reuters story below. It seems the US has tasked a satellite to take hi-res pics of the alleged site India attacked, to show that they missed. That would embarrass the Indian Government and encourage them to attack Pakistan again.


    • Zionism = EVIL

      Exactly, this a was US, UK and Zionist project to start a major war on the subcontinent. Thanks to dumbass Modi and the pathetic Indian airforce the whole project was derailed. Modi and Nutter Yahoo are both morons and need to be dumped.

    • jako

      Israeli “high precision” bombs missed actually (not the pilots).
      If they had exact GPS coordinates the only way “high precision” GPS guided bomb can “miss” is that declared precision threshold of would be “high precision” bomb was not exact to the declared one.

      I’ve read somewhere that India have bought even more of that Israeli crappy bombs just recently…..

      • Zionism = EVIL

        Not really, the strike package was 12 Mirage 2000 and only one was able to enter Pak airspace as the rest fled. The only Mirage dumped its SPICE ordinance on pine trees near Balakot and fled.The Pakistani version of events has been truthful from get go. The Indians are idiots who thought that they pull a Zionist stunt. Pakistan is not Syria and the PAF was waiting with CAP patrols. Most Pakistani forward airbases are less than 5 minute vector time to the border and LOC. Their main PAF base at Sargodha has excellent BVR 400 knots coverage from Jauharabad radar station. The Indian strike package out of Adampur was picked up as soon as they took off and the rest is history.

        • Bob

          JF-17 Thunder is really an uprated Chengdu J-7 air-frame – aka a Chinese licensed MiG-21 – albeit with some major design cues from F-16. It’s main virtue is its price.

          • Zionism = EVIL

            Indeed, it is cheaper and a more effective platform than the J-7 Airguard. It also has a suite of western modern avionics. Pakistan wanted a cheap, easy to maintain and effective fighter for point defence as their airbases are very close to the border and they have in the JF-17 which came out tops.

          • Zionism = EVIL

            Pakistan provides and names and details of 2 aces who shot down IAF Mig 21 and Sukhoi 30 MKI.

            ISLAMABAD: The government on Wednesday, for the first time named the
            pilots who shot down two Indian warplanes last week, in a rare aerial
            engagement which had ignited fears of an all-out conflict with its
            nuclear rival.

            The clash also fuelled fears that soaring tensions
            between the SouthAsian countries could erupt into their fourth war, with
            world powers rushing to urge restraint. India toned down its rhetoric
            and the situation has now been diffused.

            “Two Indian planes were shot down by Pakistan Air Force on February

            27,” Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told parliament Wednesday.

            He named them as Squadron Leader Hassan Siddiqui and Wing Commander
            Nauman Ali Khan, saying he wanted to “pay tribute” to them both.

            Siddiqui had been widely named in various comments on social media, considering Pakistan’s open media and culture of online posting. Siddiqui’s PAF
            colleagues had posted his image as soon as he returned from his
            successful downing of IAF Mig 21,however the other senior pilot who
            downed the SU-30MKI has just been named as Wing Commander (Colonel)
            Nauman Ali Khan of a JF-17 (16 MR Black Panthers) Squadron out of Kamra
            airbase who shot down the SU-30MKI over Pathankot in Indian Occupied
            Kashmir. The older and more experienced flyer has kept a lower profile
            than his more exuberant colleague Sq. Leader (Major) Hasan Siddiqui who
            has become an overnight internet sensation.


  • Zionism = EVIL

    The truth of the matter is that India has been kissing US, Zionist and UK arse without shame for over 70 years now. India has shafted Iran in oil deals, stalled in Chah Bahar port projects and backstabbed diplomatically. Iran would be far better off with Pakistan with whom it shares historical, linguistic and cultural ties. The Shah had even proposed a confederation with Pakistan. If Iran had a proper FM instead of the drama queen Zarif, this is time for all Asian nations to improve their ties and dump the Americunt warmongers. Also a lesson that kissing Americunt arse only makes matters worse as no one like groveling coolies. India should improve ties with China and stop crawling up Zionist arse as it is a dead end loser stakes.


    • Nowruz

      Isn’t Pakistan also in bed with the zionists? Their Commander in Chief, MbS recently signed $20B worth of contracts. Personally I don’t care for either Pakistan or India, both are controlled/manipulated by zios, cryptojews CIA, etc. I do agree that Pakistan has been the more mature actor which is strange. No doubt Pakistan has completely embarrassed India’s military defense despite having a far less economy. I also agree that India did the false flag in Iran and Kashmir to help Modi’s election in April. Right now, India looks completely weak and to make matters worse, they fabricated their whole story…

      • Zionism = EVIL

        Yes, elements of Pak military are trained in US and controlled by Zionists, but the influence is now deteriorating as Pakistan is slowly changing its foreign and defence policies. Pakistan has refused to fight in Yemen and it said that even after the Saudi pig MBS left for India. Pakistan is not that happy with the Saudis either. If Iran had a proper FM than the drama queen Zarif, this is a good time for Iran to build bridges with a brotherly nation. Pakistan has the largest Shia population after Iran and most Pakistanis are well disposed towards Iran.

  • iosongasingsing

    The US puts tariffs on the whole world it is time that the rest of the world cuts them out of commercial exchanges.