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TRUMP HITS OUT AT IMPORT DUTY LEVIED IN INDIA ON US PAPER

April 29, 2019 05:54 AM

COURTESY HT APRIL 29

Yashwant Rajletters@hindustantimes.com
TRUMP HITS OUT AT IMPORT DUTY LEVIED IN INDIA ON US PAPER
WASHINGTON:US President Donald Trump has opened a new front in strains over trade with India by complaining about “big tariffs” charged by the country on paper import, even as he continued his criticism over tariffs on HarleyDavidson motorbikes.

India is one of the world’s leading importers of paper, ranging from paper for writing, newsprint, coated paper, napkins, tissues and corrugated paper. “We charge other countries zero tariffs on foreign paper products,” Trump said at an election campaign rally in Wisconsin on Saturday evening. “When Wisconsin companies exported abroad… China charged us big tariffs, India charged as big tariffs. Vietnam charged us massive tariffs.”

“Unfair,” he added, as people at the rally booed. The volume or value of paper trade between the US and India could not be immediately ascertained. America’s bilateral and multilateral trade relations have been a top priority for Trump. He has vowed to renegotiate them, not sparing even nations such as Canada, Japan and European Union countries.

The Trump administration has also targeted India (which had a trade surplus of $24.2 billion in 2018, according to the US trade representative’s office).

It slapped tariffs of 25% and 10% on steel and aluminum from India.

 
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