June 21,2023

Senate Finance Committee Leaders Call for Elimination of India’s Barriers to U.S. Products to Strengthen U.S.-India Trade Ties and Benefit American Workers

High Tariffs, Red Tape Targeting U.S. Goods and Services and Poor Protections for Intellectual Property Create Unnecessary Barriers to U.S.-India Trade

Washington, D.C. – Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Ranking Member Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, today called for President Biden to push India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to eliminate major barriers to U.S. trade and investment, during the upcoming state visit this week. 

“The United States and India share a close partnership, grounded in shared democratic values and strong people-to-people ties. At the same time, while Indian businesses continue to benefit from access to the U.S. market, India maintains numerous trade and investment barriers that harm U.S. producers across many sectors of our economy, including agriculture, manufacturing, and services,” Wyden and Crapo wrote, in a letter to President Biden.

Among the challenges the senators highlighted were India’s barriers to U.S. agricultural goods, including apples, blueberries, cherries, chickpeas, lentils, potatoes, wheat and dairy products, censorship of online speech and data, and disregard for the protection of American intellectual property. 

Read the full letter here.