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Dairy Out of India-US Trade Talks for Now

26 November 2019

INDIA - India and the US have identified almost 40 products like pistachios, walnuts and apples that can be considered for duty concessions. The two sides are also trying to zero in on workable concessions for medical devices.

The issues were discussed at an official-level meeting between trade negotiators of the two countries last week even as there were no talks on dairy imports. “Discussions are mostly around agricultural goods,” a source said.

Washington is also said to have asked New Delhi to reduce the import duty on pulses. The US, along with Canada and Australia, had moved the World Trade Organization (WTO) against India’s ban on import of certain pulses to check falling prices in the domestic market. India, however, doesn’t have any issues with increased import of pistachios from the US, sources said.

"There is slow progress on the talks," said one of them. The progress comes after commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal met US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer and American medical devices industry representatives in the US a fortnight ago. Lighthizer is likely to visit India soon.

Price controls on medical devices and dairy imports are the other key issues that the two sides have been trying to resolve.

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Source: The Economic Times

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