Trump to end trade privileges for India on Jun 5

Trump to end trade privileges for India on Jun 5

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump arrive onboard the Japan's navy ship Kaga on May 28, 2
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump arrive onboard the Japan's navy ship Kaga on May 28, 2019 in Yokosuka, Japan. Charly Triballeau/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump said on Friday (May 31) that the United States would end its preferential trade treatment for India on Jun 5.

Trump had announced his intention to remove India from the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) program in early March.

"I have determined that India has not assured the United States that India will provide equitable and reasonable access to its markets," Trump said in a statement on Friday.

India is the biggest beneficiary of the GSP, which allows preferential duty-free imports of up to US$5.6 billion from the South Asian nation.

Indian officials have raised the prospect of higher import duties on more than 20 US goods if Trump drops India from the program.

Twenty-four members of the US Congress sent the administration a letter on May 3 urging it not to terminate India's access to the GSP.

Source: Reuters/na

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