Washington, Sep 18: A bipartisan group of 44 influential lawmakers has urged the Trump administration to reinstate India’s designation as a developing nation under the key GSP trade programme as part of a potential trade deal between the two countries.
In a letter to US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, the House members suggest an “early harvest” approach that “would ensure that long-sought market access gains for US industries are not held up by negotiations over remaining issues”The letter to Lighthizer has been signed by 26 Democrats and 18 Republicans, showing the strong, bipartisan support for reinstating GSP benefits for imports from India.
The Trump administration terminated India’s designation as a beneficiary developing nation under the Generalised System of Preferences or GSP in June.
US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet on September 22 in Houston and the two sides hope to announce a deal.
“Companies are telling Congress about the American costs – both in dollars and jobs – of lost GSP eligibility for India,” said Dan Anthony, executive director of the Coalition for GSP on Tuesday.
“The letter shows Congress’s strong, bipartisan support for swift action to reinstate GSP for India and to help constituents that depend on two-way trade,” he said.