India has agreed to remove a longstanding barrier to U.S. agricultural trade and allow imports of U.S. pork and pork products into India.
U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a statement on Monday that Washington is working to ensure that products are shipped to India as soon as possible.
“India’s agreement to allow U.S. pork imports for the first time is great news for U.S. producers and for Indian consumers,” Tai said.
“This new opportunity marks the culmination of nearly two decades of work to gain market access for U.S. pork to India,” Vilsack added, saying that the news signals strengthening U.S.-India trade relations.
In 2020, the United States was the world’s third-largest pork producer and second-largest exporter. Last year, the United States exported more than $1.6 billion of agricultural products to India.
India and the U.S. had agreed to expand agricultural trade at a revived U.S.-India Trade Policy Forum in New Delhi last November. A meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Joe Biden also ended with an agreement to strengthen relations through trade.
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