AFTE Applauds U.S.- India Trade Resolution

AFTE Applauds U.S.- India Trade Resolution

WASHINGTON (June 28, 2023) – Today, Brian Pomper, executive director of the Alliance for Trade Enforcement released the following statement regarding the United States and India’s recent resolution of key trade issues:

“The Alliance for Trade Enforcement applauds the United States and India for resolving several longstanding irritants in our trade relationship. We hope that these gains will lead to a new phase of bilateral trade relations.

“Despite years of steady and forthright engagement by the United States Trade Representative, India has refused to fix the many laws, regulations, policies, and tariffs that harm American workers by restricting a vast array of American products and services from the Indian market. This led USTR to revoke India’s eligibility under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) in 2019, and negotiations to restore India’s eligibility, which had the potential to correct multiple significant market access barriers, stalled after GSP expired at the end of 2020.

“We urge Ambassador Tai to work urgently with Congress to reauthorize GSP and resolve other remaining trade concerns with India, including concerning inadequate intellectual property protection. Only through negotiations with India as to how to restore their GSP eligibility will we begin to unlock the larger potential for our trading relationship.”

About the Alliance for Trade Enforcement: The Alliance for Trade Enforcement is a coalition of trade associations and business groups that advocates for foreign governments to end unfair trade practices that harm U.S. innovative industries and supports U.S. policymakers in their efforts to hold our trading partners accountable.