Indian wire maker’s plea for duty-free status sparks US criticism

Nov 12, 2009 | 10:20 AM | Anne Riley

At least two U.S. trade associations and one major aluminum company have filed written objections to an Indian wire manufacturer's petition seeking duty-free treatment.

The petition, which has garnered stark opposition from both Noranda Aluminum Inc. and the Aluminum Association, was filed by Mumbai-based Apar Industries Ltd. in an attempt to add aluminum conductor steel reinforced (ACSR) wire from India to the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).

The GSP program, which is designed to promote economic growth in the developing world, provides duty-free treatment to more than 7,000 products from eligible countries. Each year, a number of foreign companies seek to have their products added to the list of accepted duty-free products. This year, the Apar petition was one of five to be selected for consideration by the USTR.....

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