<!--[if IE]><![endif]-->
India
India

India announces retaliatory trade tariffs against the US

  • 15 June 2019
An employee counts Indian currency notes at a cash counter inside a bank Image copyright Reuters

India has said that, from Sunday, it will impose tariffs on 28 US products, including almonds and apples.

The new duties, some as high as 70%, are in response to Washington's refusal to exempt Delhi from higher taxes on steel and aluminium imports.

Earlier this month, US President Trump also announced the US was withdrawing India's preferential trade treatment.

Tariffs of up to 120% were announced by India in June last year, but trade talks had delayed their implementation.

In an announcement on Friday, India's Ministry of Finance said the decision was in the "public interest".

An earlier list had also listed a 29th item - artemia, a type of shrimp - but this was removed.

US-India bilateral trade was worth $142bn (£111bn) in 2018, a sevenfold increase since 2001, according to US figures.

But $5.6n worth of Indian exports - previously duty-free in the US - will be hit now the country has lost preferential treatment under America's Generalized System of Preferences (GSP).

Media playback is unsupported on your device
Media captionSujitha Rajendrababu tells the BBC how getting a job at a car factory has changed her life

The move is the latest push by the Trump administration to redress what it considers to be unfair trading relationships with other countries.

Tensions have since been rising between the two countries. Last year, India retaliated against US tariff hikes on aluminium and steel by raising its own import duties on a range of goods.

President Trump has also threatened to impose sanctions if India purchases oil from Iran and if it goes ahead with plans to buy Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missiles.

The latest tariffs from India come just days before country's Foreign Minister, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, is due to meet his US counterpart, Mike Pompeo, at a G20 summit in Japan. Mr Trump and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi are also expected to hold talks.

More on this story

  • US ends special trade treatment for India amid tariff dispute
    1 June 2019
  • India no longer world's fastest-growing economy
    31 May 2019
  • Are trade issues spoiling the Trump-Modi bromance?
    28 June 2018
  • A quick guide to the US-China trade war
    29 June 2019

Top Stories

UK ran around 'like idiots' in Brexit negotiations

The EU Commission's first vice-president claimed ministers turned up to Brussels without a plan in 2017.

17 July 2019
Ministers mull night ban for young drivers
18 July 2019
Ebola outbreak declared global health emergency
17 July 2019

Features

The school exam controversy that cost 23 lives

Six global issues the UK's new PM will have to tackle

Why US bird attacks on humans are on rise

Trekking 10,000km across Africa for a football match

Should I offset my summer holiday flights?

Trade war infects Asia as exports plunge

Film and TV fans set for Comic-Con 2019 treats

Elsewhere on the BBC