India may start allowing imports of U.S. dairy and poultry foods


India has offered to partially open up its poultry and dairy markets in a bid for a limited trade deal during President Donald Trump’s first visit to the country this month.

Historically, India has restricted dairy imports to protect the livelihoods of 80 million rural households involved in the industry.

President Trump is visiting the country between February 24th and 25th and the visit is aimed at rebuilding the bonds between the two countries.

The United States is India’s second-largest trade partner after China.

India has offered to allow imports of U.S. chicken legs, turkey and produce such as blueberries and cherries. U.S. negotiators want that tariff cut to 10%. The Modi government is also offering to allow some access to India’s dairy market, but with a 5% tariff and quotas.