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India seeks exemption from Donald Trump’s tariffs on steel, aluminium

India exports around $1.5 billion worth of steel and aluminium products to America.

business Updated: Apr 02, 2018 15:48 IST
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
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Last month, US President Donald Trump signed two proclamations that levied 25% tariff on steel and 10% tariff on aluminium imported from all countries except neighbouring Canada and Mexico.(REUTERS File Photo)

India has requested the US to exempt it from its hefty tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, and is vetting all options to deal with the issue, the government said on Monday

In a written reply to Lok Sabha, Union Minister C R Chaudhary said the government has conducted a study on the impact of the duty hike by the US.

“India has also requested the US to exempt India from the steel and aluminium tariffs. India is examining all options to deal with the issue, in case (the issue is) not resolved bilaterally,” he said.

Last month, US President Donald Trump signed two proclamations that levied 25% tariff on steel and 10% tariff on aluminium imported from all countries except neighbouring Canada and Mexico.

| Read: Donald Trump sets steel and aluminium tariffs but exempts Canada, Mexico

India exports around $1.5 billion worth of these products to America.

In a separate reply, the minister of state for commerce said as per WTO, India’s gross national income per capita has crossed $1,000 for three consecutive years from 2013-2015.

Based on this, the country would have to phase out some of its export-related incentives which are not in compliance with the global trade rules.

“However, it is anticipated that there will be no immediate adverse impact on our foreign trade,” he added.

First Published: Apr 02, 2018 15:45 IST