December 22, 2014
News Release 14-128
Inv. No(s). 332-543
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, John Greer, 202-205-1819
U.S. Exports to and Investment in India Would be Significantly Higher Without Barriers, Says USITC

U.S. exports to and investment in India would be significantly higher if not for Indian policy barriers, according to the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) in its report Trade, Investment, and Industrial Policies in India: Effects on the U.S. Economy.

The USITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, prepared the report at the request  of the House Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Committee on Finance.

As requested, the report provides information on the effects of a wide range of Indian policies that limit U.S. exports to and investment in India.  These policy measures include tariffs and customs procedures, foreign direct investment restrictions, local-content requirements, treatment of intellectual property, taxes and financial regulations, regulatory uncertainty, and other nontariff measures, such as unclear legal liability, price controls, and sanitary and phytosanitary standards.

The report features the results of a USITC survey of U.S. firms in selected industries that are currently doing business in India, a quantitative analysis (using economic modeling) of the effects of Indian policy measures on U.S. workers and the U.S. economy, and qualitative research into these effects.  It also includes case studies and examples illustrating ways that the policies affect particular companies or industries.  Highlights follow.

  • The share of U.S. companies substantially adversely affected by restrictive Indian policies rose from 18.8 percent to 26.1 percent between 2007 and 2013.  Shares for individual sectors in 2013 ranged from 7.7 percent to 44.1 percent.  [Read More]
  • Over 60 percent of the affected companies have made strategic changes in response to these barriers, most often directing fewer resources to the Indian market.  [Read More]
  • Policies in two areas – tariffs and customs procedures, and taxes and financial regulations – have the heaviest effects on U.S. companies.  Other issues, including investment and intellectual property policies, have large negative effects on specific industries.  [Read More]
  • If tariff and investment restrictions were fully eliminated and standards of IP protection were made comparable to U.S. and Western European levels, Commission model results indicate that U.S. exports to India would rise by two-thirds, and U.S. investment in India would roughly double.  [ReadMore]
  • Seven case studies highlight the effects of particular policies on selected U.S. companies or industries.  They describe:

Trade, Investment, and Industrial Policies in India: Effects on the U.S. Economy (Investigation No. 332-543, USITC Publication 4501, December 2014) is available on the USITC's Internet site at

USITC general factfinding investigations cover matters related to tariffs or trade and are generally conducted at the request of the U.S. Trade Representative, the House Committee on Ways and Means, or the Senate Committee on Finance. The resulting reports convey the USITC's objective findings and independent analyses on the subject investigated. The USITC makes no recommendations on policy or other matters in its general factfinding reports. Upon completion of each investigation, the USITC submits its findings and analyses to the requester. General factfinding reports are subsequently released to the public, unless they are classified by the requester for national security reasons.


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