US rules out FTA with India for now
CHICAGO: Not willing to tread the path taken by the European Union and ASEAN for market-opening trade pacts with India, the US on Thursday said it was not ready for a free trade deal with the world’s second-fastest growing economy, as it could not fully open agricultural imports from American farmers. “Quite honestly, it would be quite difficult, at this point of time for India to imagine doing that kind of a deal with the United States considering its sensitivities in agriculture,” US trade representative Susan Schwab said on the sidelines of the India-US Summit for Small and Medium Enterprises here. Ms Schwab said the US wants “almost 100%” coverage meaning if India desires to have an FTA, it has to allow a zero duty market for everything, including highly-sensitive agriculture products.