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Talks for Further Expansion of Trade Agreement between India and Chile in Final Stage: Official

Negotiations for additional enlargement of a preferential commerce settlement between India and South American nation Chile are within the closing levels and each the nations would come with about 400 extra merchandise below the pact with an purpose to spice up financial ties, an official mentioned. The two nations had signed a preferential commerce settlement (PTA) on March 8, 2006, and it got here into pressure from August 2007. In 2016, they expanded the scope of the settlement by together with extra merchandise. Currently about 2,000 items are lined below the pact.

In a PTA, two buying and selling companions considerably cut back or remove import duties on sure items traded between them. ”The talks for the second enlargement of the settlement are in closing levels. About 400 extra items could be lined below the pact,” the official mentioned.

Goods like lithium and copper ores may come below the ambit of the pact amongst different key objects, the official added. Among Latin American nations, Chile is without doubt one of the largest buying and selling companions of India.

India’s bilateral commerce with Chile stood at USD 2.22 billion in 2018-19. India’s exports to Chile embrace transport gear, prescription drugs, yarn of polyester fibres, tyres and tubes, manufacture of metals, articles of attire, natural/inorganic and agro chemical compounds, textiles, readymade clothes, plastic items, leather-based merchandise, engineering items, imitation jewelry, sports activities items and handicraft.

Major objects of import from Chile are copper ore and concentrates, iodine, copper anodes, copper cathodes, molybdenum ores and concentrates, lithium carbonates, steel scrap, chemical compounds, pulp and waste paper, fruits and nuts excluding cashews, fertilisers and equipment.

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