Will take up tariff issue with US bilaterally: Suresh Prabhu

New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Mar 20, 2018, 05:21 PM(IST)

File photo of Suresh Prabhu. Photograph:( Others )

Minister of Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu on Tuesday said that India will bilaterally discuss the import tariffs on steel and aluminium with the United States.

"We are not the largest exporter of steel or aluminium to USA but still if we are affected. We will take up this matter with them bilaterally," Prabhu told reporters at the Informal World Trade Organisation (WTO) ministerial meeting.

US President Donald Trump had signed a proclamation to impose new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. 

The new order will see a 25 per cent tariff on imports of steel and a 10 per cent tariff on aluminum.

New Delhi is hosting the largest Informal WTO Ministerial Meeting amidst increasing protectionism in global trade

Prabhu said that food security concerns and items related to agriculture were discussed in the meeting and were strongly put forward by countries, including India.

The meeting will see the participation of delegates from over 52 countries, including the US and China and Director General of WTO Roberto Azevedo.

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