Indo-US trade could rise to $500 billion by
2023-24: IACC

Indo-US trade could rise to $500 billion by 2023-24: IACC

On Friday, The Indo American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) said that the trade between India and the US could jump to USD 500 billion from about USD 142 billion at present by 2023-24.


Trade between both the countries could slow down from the issues relating to e-commerce and high tariffs, which need to be resolved, US government official said.


"Current Indo-US bilateral trade is at USD 142.1 billion and we hope this can jump to USD 500 billion (by 2023-24). There are short-term issues concerning e-commerce, Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) and medical equipment," IACC President S K Sarkar said. 


Sarkar was speaking at an event to highlight the 'Select USA Investment Summit' here in presence of the Director General of US and Foreign Commercial Service, Department of Commerce, Ian Steff. 


"Whether it is e-commerce issues or high tariffs, these are issues that threaten to slow down the trade relationship that we intend to build. This is something that we need to take care of. I think, we can do so together," Steff said.


India is facing a threat of withdrawal of the GSP scheme, which offers duty-free access to over 3,000 products in the US, valued at around USD 5.6 billion. 


Asked whether trade issues with the US and China could rebalance commerce in favour of India, Sarkar said, "India is not in a position to replace China, both in terms of quality and capacity. But it is a good signal as we hear 200 companies will come out of China and invest in India."


Sarkar also belief that the imports of medical equipment to India to become cheaper by the end of this month. 

 

Updated On 11-May-2019

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