Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda met Union Minister of State for Commerce Nirmala Sitaraman on Thursday [9 July 2015] and discussed ways of protecting farmers of Himachal Pradesh who are up against cheap Chinese apples and garlic. He said the Chinese apples with low import tariff and garlic with zero duty were being dumped in the market…Full Article: The Hindu July 2015

Key Points

  • As per WTO guidelines, India cannot increase its import tariff for Chinese apples above 50% (MFN duty rate).
  • Chinese garlic is currently banned by India and is reportedly being smuggled in via Bangladesh and Nepal thanks in part to the zero percent tariff rate in those countries.

ChinaAg Comments

  • From 2010 to 2014, Indian imports of Chinese apples increased from 58,289 MTs to 82,434 MTs.
  • From 2010 to 2014, Chinese exports of garlic to Bangladesh increased from 38,175 MTs to 73,209 MTs.

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