Follow Us:
Friday, August 12, 2022

12 US lawmakers urge Biden to hold India accountable in WTO for its ‘trade-distorting practices’

The Geneva-based WTO is an intergovernmental organisation that regulates and facilitates international trade.

By: PTI | Washington |
Updated: July 3, 2022 7:34:58 am
joe biden, indian expressBiden had refused to deal directly with Prince Mohammed following a U.S. intelligence report implicating him in the killing of Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018. (File Picture)

A dozen US lawmakers have written a letter to President Joe Biden, urging him to file a formal request for consultations with India at the World Trade Organization (WTO) over its “dangerous trade-distorting practices” that they claim have impacted the US farmers and ranchers.

The Congressmen stated that current WTO rules allowed the governments to subsidise up to 10 per cent of the value of commodity production. However, the Indian government continues to subsidise more than half of the value of production for several commodities, including rice and wheat, they said.

India’s “lack of rule-following” and the Biden administration’s “lack of enforcement” have reshaped the global agricultural production and trade channels by driving down prices, depressing production of rice and wheat commodities, and putting American producers at a disproportionate disadvantage, the Congressmen alleged in the letter.

“India’s practices are dangerously trade-distorting on a global scale and impact US farmers and ranchers,” the letter read. The lead in the letter was taken by Congressmen Tracey Mann and Rick Crawford.

Subscriber Only Stories
UPSC Key-August 10, 11, and August 12, 2022: Why you should read ‘Euthana...Premium
Laal Singh Chaddha: A comfortable film for the obedient IndianPremium
What is border post 918 which provides shade to both India and Pakistan?Premium
Ravi Shankar Prasad: ‘(Nitish) is nothing on his own… He may be honest bu...Premium

“We urge the administration to file a formal request for consultations with India at the WTO and to continue monitoring other WTO members’ domestic support programmes that undermine fair trade practices,” they said.

The US must not yield for the sake of reaching a consensus. Instead, America must work to promote solutions that will alleviate the global supply chain and food shortages. It must take actions that will address those consumers most impacted by inflation and rising food prices, the lawmakers demanded.

“It is up to the American agriculture to contribute to building resilient conditions for food security for the US and throughout the world,” they said.


India has defended its stand at the WTO. Several countries and organisations across the world have applauded India for taking a firm stand in protecting the interests of its farmers.

The Geneva-based WTO is an intergovernmental organisation that regulates and facilitates international trade. Governments use the organisation to establish, revise, and enforce the rules that govern international trade.

📣 Join our Telegram channel (The Indian Express) for the latest news and updates

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App.

  • Newsguard
  • The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards.
  • Newsguard
First published on: 02-07-2022 at 05:21:02 pm
0 Comment(s) *
* The moderation of comments is automated and not cleared manually by

Featured Stories