Don’t let non-tariff barriers hobble India’s trade talks
India’s defence canteen ban on imported liquor with GI tags is an example of a faulty approach to self-reliance
Market access for products, including those which have a geographical indication (GI) tag, is going to be a key issue in India’s trade negotiations with the EU, US, UK and Australia. In May 2021, India and the EU decided to launch parallel negotiations on market-access issues, investment and GI. While our trading partners are comfortable giving market access to GI products from India, Indian policies on import restrictions, access to GI products and government procurement need a review.