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India’s duty hike on Pakistani imports is affecting its farmers

SAMAA | - Posted: Feb 24, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
Posted: Feb 24, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
India’s duty hike on Pakistani imports is affecting its farmers

India increased duties on major Pakistani products by 200%

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Indian farmers and truck drivers have been struggling to make ends meet since New Delhi raised duties on major Pakistani products by 200%.

The trading of goods between Pakistan and India has been halted since February 16 after the duty hike was imposed following the death of 40 Indian soldiers in Pulwama terror attack.

Around 300 trucks carrying cement, one of Pakistan’s major exports to India, have been stuck at the Wagah border. Shipments of 170 containers by sea came to a grinding halt too.

The Indian traders, however, want the government to listen to their demands too.

Related: India launches trade war on Pakistan over Pulwama attack

“Sixty-five trucks of cement, gypsum and dry dates, which were imported from Pakistan on February 16 are stranded at the Attari ICP,” a trader told the Hindustan Times. The consignment was planned and imported before the hiked duty. A cement bag from Pakistan costs ₹200; after the 200% duty, it will cost us ₹700. How can we afford this, he asked.

The Indian government should think about those who make their ends meet from the ICP. Around 1,500 workers work there. The government should arrange for their employment, said Pardeep Sehgal, the president of the Indo-Pak Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

ICP Truck Union President Palwinder Singh said that over 1,000 truck drivers haven’t been able to make ends meet since the duty hike.

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  1. James  February 25, 2019 12:17 am/ Reply

    There is more suffering on western side of the border due to revocation of MFN and 200% duty hike. Sure, there is a pain on Eastern border but it will not be as much. Besides, stopping Indian share of water crossing into western side of the border is going to make that part of the country dry and may go desert slowly.

  2. Shyam  February 25, 2019 11:03 am/ Reply

    How does stopping of imports from Pakistan affect Indian farmers??

  3. SUV  February 25, 2019 3:44 pm/ Reply

    Import of gypsym , cement and dry dates by farmers ???? Are you sure !!!

  4. Darinda Modi  February 26, 2019 8:03 am/ Reply

    Actually the duty hike is affecting Pakistani exporters.

    • WS  February 26, 2019 3:10 pm/ Reply

      Not really. The volume of trade that Pakistan does with India is negligible and doesn’t affect anyone, because Pakistani consumers can get an equivalent at equal if not lower rates from Central Asia and China

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