India Will Allow Duty-Free Market Access to LDCs
India tells the WTO that it will provide least-developed countries with duty-free access to its products, including cotton and ready-made garments.
March 24, 2010
Press Trust of India
India has informed the World Trade Organization (WTO) that it will ensure that the least-developed countries (LDCs) get access to its market without duties or quotas.
In a presentation to the WTO Committee on Trade and Development in Geneva last week, India said it was the first developing country to offer duty-free and quota-free (DFQF) market access to LDCs.
Indian officials present at the meeting said India was “working to ensure that the DFQF scheme provides effective market access,” to the LDCs.
The Indian market has been thrown open to these countries for products of their export interest. The items to enjoy duty-free entry include cotton and ready-made garments. Such a facility has been offered to 14 LDCs — Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Cambodia and some of the African nations.
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