Thursday 20th Sep, 2018

India gives ground on grain tariffs

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INDIA has agreed to provide forward notice to the Australian grains industry of future tariff increases, federal agriculture minister David Littleproud says.

The minister has been in India for high-level meetings.

“The meetings held with Indian ministers in Delhi have been positive and there is strong support for an enduring and mutually beneficial trade relationship,” Mr Littleproud said.

“In two separate meetings I requested India respect contracts entered into prior to the raising of tariffs on December 21, 2017, better transparency of grain stocks, including chick peas and pulses, and a suitable lead-in time for any future tariff impositions.

“I’m pleased to get a commitment our grain, chickpea and pulse farmers will receive advance notice of any tariff changes in future.”

Mr Littleproud said India’s Minister for Commerce and Industry, Suresh Prabhu, acknowledged concerns raised by Australian grain exporters, and indicated these would be discussed with India’s Central Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Krishna Raj.

Minister Littleproud led the Australian delegation for the Australia India Leadership Dialogue, which began on January 21 and ended on January 23.

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