For example, did you know that India applies duties of up to 20% on a range of ICT products including mobile phones, base stations, ICT components, and smart watches even though it committed to eliminating duties on these and other products way back in 1996 when it joined the Information Technology Agreement?
In 2017, American ICT exports to India directly supported over 13,000 jobs in the U.S. and another 11,000 U.S. jobs indirectly – a total of more than 24,000 U.S. jobs. India’s flagrant non-compliance with its ITA commitments has led the EU, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Canada, China, and Thailand to seek redress at the WTO, but despite international pressure, India has not agreed to live up to its commitments.
India’s tariffs come at the expense of U.S. companies and U.S. workers, while simultaneously harming Indian consumers by raising the cost of keeping people connected.
Well, now you know.
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