India adjusts blueberry import tariffs after US agreement

In a strategic move to align with an agreement with the United States, India's central government has modified customs duties on several imports, including blueberries and blueberries. The Central Board of Indirect Taxes (CBIC) announced these adjustments on February 20, marking a significant step towards resolving a long-running dispute with the United States at the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The CBIC notification highlighted the removal of import duties on fresh, dried or frozen blueberries, and blueberries will now face a 10% customs duty. Prepared or canned blueberries experience a reduction to 5%, although canned blueberries maintain a 10% tariff.

This policy change is part of India's broader strategy to reduce tariffs on fresh and processed foods, stemming from a bilateral agreement with the United States aimed at resolving disputes at the WTO. This development follows a September 2023 announcement by US Trade Representative Katherine Tai detailing the resolution of the last pending WTO dispute between India and the US, which included the commitment of the India to reduce tariffs on specific US agricultural products.

This agreement, reached during Prime Minister Modi's visit to the United States in June, has been hailed as a milestone in US-India trade relations, resolving six pending disputes at the WTO.

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