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India offers US dairy, chicken access in bid for elusive trade deal with Trump

During the first official meeting with the U.S. President Donald Trump, India has offered a deal to partially open up its dairy and poultry markets in a bid for a limited trade deal. India is the world’s top most nation for milk production. To protect the livelihoods of 80 million rural households involved in the industry it has traditionally constrained dairy imports from any other country. But India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is trying to appeal all the stops aiming to rebuild the bonds between world’s largest democracies for the U.S President’s visit on 24-25 February. In the meeting with trump in 2019, Trump decided to postpone India’s special trade designation which was dated back to 1970s.

When Modi decided to put limits on medical devices such as knee implants and cardiac stents and after introducing e-commerce restrictions and new data localization requirements, Trump decided to suspend India’s special trade designation in 2019 which of dated back to 1970 and he introduced e-commerce restrictions and new data localization requirements. After Trump’s trip to India, people have hope from President Trump that in exchange for tariff reductions and other concessions he would restore some of the trade preferences of U.S. After China, India is the largest trade partner of the United States.

And bilateral services and goods trade scaled to a record USD 142.6 billion in 2018. Also in 2019, the United States had a shortage of USD 23.2 billion goods trade with India. And India is the 9th largest trading partner in goods of the United States.

According to the Indian government sources, India has offered imports of turkey and Chicken legs to the U.S. Also it offered to produce cherries and blueberries. In addition, it has offered to reduce tariffs from 100% to 25% on chicken legs. And U.S. negotiators want to cut the tariff to 10%.