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Tracking Trade Tensions With India

Fishermen carry bluefin trevally fish, locally known as Vatta, as a cargo ship carries containers in the Arabian Sea off Kochi, India, on May 9, 2018.
Fishermen carry bluefin trevally fish, locally known as Vatta, as a cargo ship carries containers in the Arabian Sea off Kochi, India, on May 9, 2018. Sivaram V/Reuters

February 14, 2020

Fishermen carry bluefin trevally fish, locally known as Vatta, as a cargo ship carries containers in the Arabian Sea off Kochi, India, on May 9, 2018.
Fishermen carry bluefin trevally fish, locally known as Vatta, as a cargo ship carries containers in the Arabian Sea off Kochi, India, on May 9, 2018. Sivaram V/Reuters
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President Donald J. Trump heads to India at the end of the month— this week the White House formally announced the trip for February 24 and 25, with Ahmedabad, Gujarat, and New Delhi the main stops. Trump will help inaugurate a new stadium in Ahmedabad along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a Houston-style event dubbed #KemChhoTrump (“How are you Trump?” in Gujarati). For weeks, press speculation has picked up where it left off last fall regarding progress toward some kind of a trade package, albeit still undetermined.


India has one of the world’s largest economies and is a top ten trading partner for the United States—in fact, it’s number eight in goods and services, which means that the U.S.-India trade volume is now larger than that between the United States and France. But a growth in trade tensions has accompanied the growth in trade ties.

In advance of the president’s visit, we put together a guide to some of the U.S.-India trade tensions that have persisted despite efforts to overcome them. Some of these issues are far more complex than they appear at first blush.

The “Field Guide to U.S.-India Trade Tensions” provides references and links to primary documents for those interested—policy documents like U.S. National Trade Estimates, the Special 301 report, notices for hearings on the Generalized System of Preferences, Indian customs notifications, filings with the World Trade Organization, and others.

Take a look here: A Field Guide to U.S.-India Trade Tensions

Thank you to Erik Fliegauf for his assistance on the field guide, especially on the data and graphics.

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