Market access for pork and many other U.S. products are tied to discussions regarding India's eligibility to continue as a beneficiary of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program.
The U.S. has indicated that it will terminate India's GSP beneficiary status on Saturday, May 4, because India does not provide reciprocal market access for U.S. products, said the National Pork Producers Council in Capital Update.
Most of India’s pork production is backyard. Although there is no significant pork industry in India pushing back against imports, India does not allow pork from the U.S. while pork from other nations is allowed.
“This is egregious given that India is the largest beneficiary recipient nation of the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences Program,” NPPC said.
An extension of the May 4 deadline is being considered by the Trump administration because of the elections in India.
In addition, the Trump administration is considering a case to remedy unfair Indian trade practices through Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 because of that nation's failure to provide reciprocal market access for U.S. products.
NPPC is pushing for India to drop its de facto ban on U.S. pork and fully open its market to U.S. pork.
“The U.S. has a large trade deficit and services deficit with India. It is time for reciprocity in the U.S.-India trade relationship,” NPPC said.
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