India tariff hike shows vulnerability of US trade strategy - ING

Timme Spakman, Economist, International Trade Analysis at ING Bank offers his take on the latest retaliatory tariffs announced by India against the US.

Key Quotes:

“India has decided to impose long-awaited tariffs on 28 product groups after the US said it would roll back a duty-free imports scheme for approximately $6 billion worth of imports from India. The tariffs came into effect on Sunday.

These retaliatory measures show the vulnerability of the high-pressure strategy characterized by the current US trade policy. Not all countries will give in so easily to US demands as, for example, Mexico did. Countries that are less dependent on trade with the US will resist, with the risk of escalating tit-for-tat tariff fights.

If it pushes too far in negotiations with India, Japan, the EU, and China, the US could end up being the biggest loser of all. This is because it would then face tariffs with all its trading partners involved in the disputes while the EU and the other counties would face higher tariffs only at the US border.  

Although the measures are, in part, a reaction to the US withdrawing preferential market access for India, legally, these tariffs are retaliation against the US steel and aluminum tariffs imposed last year.”

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