US trade delegation visiting India next week to resolve sticky trade issues; Piyush Goyal to travel to Washington soon

  • A high-level trade delegation from the US is expected to visit India next week to find ways to resolve the recent trade tensions between the two countries

  • Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal is also likely to travel to Washington in the next few weeks as part of a larger bilateral engagement

  • Trade ties between the two sides have come under strain after the US last month announced its decision to end preferential trade status for India

  • As a retaliatory measure, India also announced raising tariffs on 29 goods imported from the US

New Delhi: A high-level trade delegation from the US is expected to visit India next week to find ways to resolve the recent trade tensions between the two countries, official sources said Thursday.

Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal is also likely to travel to Washington in the next few weeks as part of a larger bilateral engagement to thrash out the differences between the two sides on tariffs, they said.

 US trade delegation visiting India next week to resolve sticky trade issues; Piyush Goyal to travel to Washington soon

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Trade ties between the two sides have come under strain after the US last month announced its decision to end preferential trade status for India.

As a retaliatory measure, India also announced raising tariffs on 29 goods imported from the US.

The US delegation is visiting India next week to thrash out sticky issues, sources said.

When asked about friction between the two countries on the tariff issue, Spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs Raveesh Kumar said the broad trajectory of India-US ties remained positive.

"The discussion between Prime Minister Narenrda Modi and US President Donald Trump in Osaka was very open and productive," he said, adding there was bound to be certain differences in any multi-dimensional relationship.

Modi and Trump held a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka last month during which a range of issues were discussed including trade ties between the two countries.

The Trump administration terminated India's designation as a beneficiary of the Generalised System of Preference (GSP) of the US on 5 June, ending the country's $5.6 billion trade concessions under the key programme.

The GSP is the largest and oldest US trade preference programme and is designed to promote economic development by allowing duty-free entry for thousands of products from designated beneficiary countries.

India was the largest beneficiary of the GSP programme in 2017 with $5.7 billion in imports to the US given duty-free status, according to a Congressional Research Service report published in January.

Updated Date: Jul 04, 2019 22:24:08 IST