President Donald Trump said Tuesday the United States cannot accept high tariffs from India, repeating a warning made before he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the G-20 summit in Japan.
“India has long had a field day putting Tariffs on American products. No longer acceptable!” the president wrote in a short tweet.
India has long had a field day putting Tariffs on American products. No longer acceptable!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 9, 2019
Just before attending G-20 summit in late June, President Trump called on India to withdraw the high duties it imposed on the U.S. products, complained the country had put very high tariffs on the United States for years and just recently increased the tariffs even further.
India increased tariffs on 28 U.S. products from June 15, after the Trump administration stripped India of a preferential status that exempted billions of dollars worth of products made there from U.S. levies, according to CNBC.
“I have determined that India has not assured the United States that India will provide equitable and reasonable access to its markets,” President Trump said in a proclamation.
Some U.S. products are subject to high tariffs from India including Harley-Davidson motorcycles and U.S.-grown apples, among others. In June, President Trump also said India’s 50% levy on Harley-Davidson was unacceptable.
Trump administration has been acting against countries that run a large trade surplus with the United States. India is the biggest beneficiary of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) scheme that allows duty-free exports of $5.6 billion.