India intends to increase import duties on 29 goods from the U.S. from June 16. This was announced on Friday by the NDTV channel.
According to the information of the TV channel, it is planned that import duties will increase by chickpea – up to 60%, lentils – up to 30%, the army (the genus of small shrimps, going for food for aquaculture) – up to 15%. In addition, it is planned to increase duties on some types of almonds, walnuts, apples and pears, as well as boric acid, stainless steel flat products, pipe parts and a number of other metal products.
Last June, New Delhi reported that it intended to increase import duties on 29 types of goods from the U.S. in response to the actions of Washington to introduce duties on steel and aluminum in August of the same year. But India has postponed such an increase several times already. The country’s authorities explained this by the fact that negotiations with Washington on the duties continue.
India expected to receive more than $217 million from these measures, the TV channel points out.
Last March, the U.S. imposed duties on imports of steel and aluminum – 25% and 10%, respectively. The duties apply to all countries that supply products to the U.S. In response, the EU countries agreed to set 25 percent import duties on some U.S. goods totaling 2.8 billion euros. In a number of other countries, including India, Washington’s actions were also negatively perceived.
U.S. State Department spokesman Morgan Ortegus said on Friday that U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo will visit India and Sri Lanka after attending the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, at the end of June from 24 to 30 June to expand and deepen partnerships with key countries in the Indo-Pacific region.