U.S. officials are reportedly planning on traveling to India on January 24 in an attempt to convince officials from India’s Ministry of Electronics and IT to remove duties on smart phones, circuit boards, and other electronics. The Indian Government has said it does not want to remove the duties and the United States is reportedly preparing to file a dispute at the WTO if duties are not lifted.
This is unlikely to help India as USTR is reviewing its GSP eligibility. GSP review results were expected in mid-March but their release may be delayed by the U.S. government shutdown and to allow for additional negotiations. India has continues to delay imposition of retaliatory tariffs on $235 million worth of U.S. goods in response to the Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs the Trump Administration, but the Indian duties are still scheduled to go into effect January 31, 2019.