Harder Asks Secretary of State to Address Almond Tariffs with Indian PM
WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) has asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to address new retaliatory tariffs on almonds with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a reported meeting next week. Rep. Harder’s district is one of the largest producers of almonds in the country, and India is the top export destination for the product.
“Our top diplomat is meeting with India’s Prime Minister – his job is to advance American interests, and that includes the needs of the Central Valley,” said Rep. Harder. “I hope he takes this seriously, because these tariffs could be a big problem for our local economy.”
“India is an important market for California almonds. This shipping season, India is our #1 export destination and has been growing in light of the on-going trade situation with China,” said Elaine Trevino, President of the Almond Alliance of California. “We are hopeful that these tariffs are resolved quickly and don't disrupt the access Indian consumers have to California almonds.”
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the United States exported over $650 million worth of almonds to India in 2018, making it the highest single country export destination by commodity value.
The text of the letter is below, and an original copy is available here.
Thank you for your leadership overseeing the U.S. Department of State. I appreciate the opportunity to work together to support our nation’s foreign policy and international relations.
It has been reported that you will meet with the Indian Prime Minister on June 24. This is a critical meeting and an opportunity to assist farmers throughout my district and in the Central Valley.
California’s largest agricultural export is almonds. Our farmers export over $650 million worth of almonds to India yearly. As you are aware, India has just increased the duty on almonds in retaliation for the President removing India from GSP treatment for Indian exports. My district is one of the largest producers of almonds in the country and will certainly feel the pain of these tariffs.
We need to be doing more to support our farmers. I request you aim to resolve this issue during your meeting in India. I look forward to your response and learning of progress on these conversations on your trip.