GSP Rollback: Exports Of Goods Under Tariff System To U.S. Up 32%
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GSP Rollback: Exports Of Goods Under Tariff System To U.S. Up 32%

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Exports of Indian goods, which were enjoying benefits under the preferential tariff system, to the U.S. registered a growth of 32 percent in June, according to Trade Promotion Council of India.

The U.S. rolled back export benefits to over 1,900 Indian goods from June 5. These incentives were provided by the U.S. under its Generalised System of Preference programme.

Citing the data from the United States International Trade Commission, it said the Indian exports to the U.S. of those goods which were getting GSP benefits stood at $657.42 million in June as compared to $495.67 million in the same period last year.

“India’s exports to the U.S. on GSP withdrawn products has registered 32 percent growth in June 2019 as compared to the same month last year,” TPCI Chairman Mohit Singla said in a statement.

This is a very interesting trend as out of $190 million value of GSP benefit claimed earlier, the growth has already covered $161.74 million, month-on-month for June 2019 compared to last year, leaving a thin margin of $28.26 million only, he said.

The major products which have shown increase in exports include plastics, rubber, base metals (aluminum), machines and equipment, transport equipment, hides and leather, Pearls and precious stones.

This is a clear indication that Indian products have the full potential to compete globally and not solely dependent on support, contrary to the perception, Singla said. TPCI is a strong advocate of the phasing of subsidies and reducing government support.

He said the need is to incentivise new sunrise sectors like furniture and electrical, by creating a cluster-based mega ecosystem, which can churn export growth completely. The era of continuing fixation of labour incentive sectors should be over, as their growth have already flattened, despite sustained support, he said.

India exported goods worth $6.3 billion to the U.S. in 2018 under their export incentive programme.

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