U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi talk on the sidelines of a G20 summit

India readies to face Trump’s trade ire

  • The U.S. has several grievances about India’s protectionist trade measures
  • India has had difficulty addressing them during an election campaign
  • The next Indian government will want to solve the dispute quickly
  • Changing its stance on free trade could benefit India in general

India is bracing for a wide-ranging trade skirmish with the United States in the next few months. In March, the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced it would withdraw India’s privileges under the generalized system of preferences (GSP), a tariff concession granted to developing countries. The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has indicated that it will act after the new Indian government is sworn in on May 30. India, trying to avoid an escalatory tariff war, has remained passive. Officials hope to revive earlier bilateral attempts to negotiate a package of mutual trade concessions, probably sometime in June.

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 Pramit Pal Chaudhuri
The next Indian government also needs to take a much harder look at its attitude toward trade
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What's inside
  • The U.S. has several grievances about India’s protectionist trade measures
  • India has had difficulty addressing them during an election campaign
  • The next Indian government will want to solve the dispute quickly
  • Changing its stance on free trade could benefit India in general
Who will benefit?
  • Report is targeted to the decision makers in cross country manufacturing – suppliers, manufacturers, logistics.
  • Also considered useful for the administrative university facilities, to better understand the possibe effects of current decisions.
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