United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack have confirmed that India has agreed to allow imports of pork and pork products from the U.S in the country. This announcement brings to an end a long-term barrier to U.S agricultural products into India.
Vilsack says the U.S government is doing its best to ensure U.S. pork industry could start shipping products to India as soon as possible. According to Vilsack, this deal marks the end of a struggle to export U.S to India which has lasted more than 20 years.
“India’s agreement to allow U.S. pork imports for the first time is great news for U.S. producers and for Indian consumers,” said Tai.
Back last September, U.S President and India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, held a summit in Washington where both leaders agreed to expand relations and trade ties between their two respective countries.
In November, during a revived U.S-India Trade Policy Forum held in New Delhi, both countries agrees to expand trade of various agricultural products including cherries, alfalfa and distiller dried grains from the U.S and grapes, water buffalo meat, shrimp and mangoes from India.