Congressman Dan Newhouse has urged the Trump administration to ask New Delhi to reduce the duty for the country''s apple growers. Congressman Newhouse in a letter to US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, who is leading trade negotiations with India ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi''s visit, urged the Trump administration to elevate Washington apple access in India by reducing tariff rates for the farmers producing the fruit.
India is currently imposing a 70 per cent tariff on US apples – 50 per cent Most Favoured Nation tariff in addition to the recently imposed 20 percent retaliatory tariff, a media statement said, adding that Lighthizer is expected to continue negotiations with India ahead of Modi''s arrival.
India has raised tariffs on 28 items, including almond, pulses and walnut, exported from the US in retaliation to America''s withdrawal of preferential access for Indian products.
“The actions by India to increase tariffs on US apples is a damaging situation that will substantially impact growers, packers, employees, and the thousands of jobs they support throughout Washington state… I request, on behalf of Washington apple growers, that you continue to work with India to find a positive outcome in our trading relationship, including a reduction to the pre-retaliatory rates as soon as possible,” Newhouse said in his letter to Lighthizer.