India to permit in imports of US pork and merchandise, US officers say


India has agreed to permit imports of U.S. pork and pork merchandise into India, eradicating a longstanding barrier to U.S. agricultural commerce, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack stated on Monday.

“India’s agreement to allow U.S. pork imports for the first time is great news for U.S. producers and for Indian consumers,” Tai stated in an announcement.

Vilsack stated Washington was working to make sure the U.S. pork business may begin transport merchandise to India as quickly as potential. He stated the deal marked the fruits of 20 years of looking for market entry for U.S. pork to India.

In 2020, the United States was the world’s third-largest pork producer and second-largest exporter, with world gross sales of pork and pork merchandise valued at $7.7 billion. In fiscal 12 months 2021, the United States exported greater than $1.6 billion of agricultural merchandise to India.

At a revived U.S.-India Trade Policy Forum in New Delhi final November, India and the United States agreed to increase commerce of some agricultural merchandise, together with U.S. cherries, alfalfa and distiller dried grains in addition to Indian mangoes, grapes, shrimp and water buffalo meat.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met President Joe Biden in Washington in September and each leaders agreed to increase commerce ties to strengthen relations between the world’s largest and richest democracies.

India continues to be urgent for restoration of its beneficiary standing underneath the Generalized System of Preferences, the U.S. program that gives some tariff-free entry for imports from creating nations that expired on the finish of 2020.

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