United States India Free Trade Agreement

The United States has begun negotiating bilateral and multilateral free trade agreements with the following countries and blocs: 4 New York Times, “Trump`s Art of the Minideal: Why India-US Trade Truce After`Howdy, Modi` May Steer Clear of Thorny Issues,” News18 India, Washington, September 22, 2019, www.news18.com/news/india/trumps-art-of-the-minideal-why-india-us-trade-truce-after-howdy-modi-may-steer-clear-of-thorny-matters-2318515.html In the USMCA, there are provisions aimed at At 44 Harmonization within the framework of U.S. free trade agreements means bringing other countries closer to the lack of health and safety measures in the United States: restrictions should be minimized in order to allow for trade growth. The USMCA contains a new chapter on regulatory best practices and another on sanitary measures that reinforce the “equivalence” between the health and safety standards of the three countries45.45 The goal is to ensure that when one country says a product is safe according to its rules, the other two accept the product as safe under their rules and accelerate these provisions as much as possible. Countries have room to have their own standards based on “policy objectives”, but it remains to be seen how this will evolve. But the U.S. group`s interests, like the dairies, continue to exert pressure on Washington and file petitions with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) against India because it does not offer “fair and reasonable access to its market.”2 Now the Trump administration wants to go straight to and make a deal with Modi. . . .

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