Sputnik (New Delhi): After withdrawing from the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), India is planning to rework its global trade strategy, according to reports. The Indian Commerce Ministry will soon initiate trade talks with the US and seek a 100-percent restoration of the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP).
The Trump administration removed India’s GST status in June. India plans renewed efforts on reducing Chinese imports, as well, according to sources.
GSP is essentially a preferential tariff system which helps reduce tariffs on various products.
The US has evinced interest to make progress on trade talks with India.
US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Tuesday that the Trump administration is waiting for a proposal from India to address the GSP issue.
If the US restores GSP status to India, it will benefit the Indian auto-making industry, textiles, jewelry, pharma, chemicals, plastic and steel products, among others, offering duty-free export to the US if GSP is restored. Almost 2,000 products stand to benefit.
India on Tuesday said it will begin the process of renegotiating free trade agreements with Asian and other nations, as New Delhi is facing acute trade deficits within the Asian as well as the Asia-Pacific bloc.
Indian Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal said that a new free trade agreement with South Korea is being reviewed currently and a process of negotiation with Japan is likely to begin soon.