India to resume the import of pork products from the U.S.

Following the re-engagement of the two governments via the U.S.-India Trade Policy Forum (TPF) in New Delhi in November, the U.S. administration has announced the import of American pork and pork products into India.

India and the U.S. have had several persistent challenges in their bilateral trade relationship, including in agricultural trade.

“India’s agreement to allow U.S. pork imports for the first time is great news for U.S. producers and Indian consumers,” U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai said via a statement on Monday in Washington.

Ms. Tai had met Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal to renew the TPF.

In the past days, India also signed an agreement to resume the export of mangoes and pomegranates to the U.S., also a result of the TPF engagement.

“This new opportunity marks the culmination of nearly two decades of work to gain market access for U.S. pork to India – and it signals positive movement in U.S.-India trade relations,” U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in the joint statement with Ms. Tai.

The two governments haven’t decided on a date to resume the imports however, Mr. Vilsack said that the two governments would resume them “ as soon as possible.”

As per estimates by the U.S government, the U.S. is the world’s third-largest pork producer and the second-largest exporter.

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