The U.S. lifted its tariffs on steel and aluminum from the European Union and negotiations are underway to do the same for Japan. Now the Biden administration needs to lift the Trump-era tariffs on steel and aluminum from India, says the U.S. Apple Association.
“Since the U.S. imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from India in 2018 — resulting in retaliatory tariffs by India on U.S. apples and other exports — total tariffs on U.S. apples have reached 70% and India’s purchases of U.S. apples have plummeted 79%,” according to a statement released Tuesday by the U.S. Apple Association.
The situation may be ripe for such a move as trade relations between the U.S. and India appear to be strengthening. India announced it would end its delays that have kept the country’s ban on U.S. pork in place for years. That announcement came as U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai arrived in New Delhi last week to attend the first U.S.-India Trade Forum since 2017.
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“There is huge potential for growth between our two economies in areas like the digital economy, services, health-related trade, and even agriculture,” Tai said during her visit to New Delhi.
“We appreciate U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai’s efforts to kickstart tricky agricultural trade negotiations with India. She has our full support,” said U.S. Apple President and CEO Jim Bair. “But for U.S. apple growers to fully get back into that market, the U.S. government needs to remove tariffs on steel and aluminum from India so that India will remove its tariffs on apples.”
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