India responds to Donald Trump's 'tariff king' jibe

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US President Donald Trump had claimed that India is a "tariff king" and imposes "tremendously high" tariffs on American products like Harley Davidson motorcycles.

New Delhi: Rejecting the US claims of imposing "tremendously high" tariffs, India on Tuesday said its import duties are not high and are within the norms of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

"We do not agree with that at all. Our tariffs (import duties) are very consistent with the bound rates that we are entitled to in the WTO," Commerce Secretary Anup Wadhawan told reporters here.

"Our tariffs are very comparable to more liberal developing economies and some developed economies," he added.

He said India's tariffs are within the bound rates under the WTO commitments, and on the average are well below those rates. Duties which are imposed on imported goods are called applied rates and the extent to which a country can increase those duties are known as bound rates.

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