For backing Pakistan, trade with Turkey under scanner

NEW DELHI: After Malaysia, Turkey is on the government’s radar for possible trade curbs for interfering in India’s internal issues.


While concrete measures have been decided in case of Malaysia, with a clampdown on refined palm oil imports already put in place, there is no decision on Turkey, which has sided with Pakistan on several issues, including voicing concerns over its proposed blacklisting by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
A Reuters report said the government was planning to cut oil and steel imports from Turkey. While there were suggestions on some restrictions on imports from Turkey, things have not moved beyond that stage, said sources.
During 2019-20, trade with Turkey was pegged at less than $7.8 billion, with imports of under $2.4 billion. Oil accounted for a bulk of the imports from Turkey.
In fact, even in case of Malaysia, the government had discussed the possibility of trade restrictions on a longer list of products that what was finally decided.
As reported by TOI last week, checks in the form of standards are planned on refined and crude palm oil as well as electronic goods such as micro-processors and telecom equipment. For the moment, the government is also keeping tabs on mining shipments too but there is no move to restrict their imports immediately, sources said.
During 2019-20, India’s trade with Malaysia was estimated at over $17 billion, with exports pegged at $6.4 billion, while imports were estimated at $10.8 billion.
After Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s comments on Kashmir, following the government’s decision to remove the special status to the state, trade bodies had shunned imports from the South East Asian countries with the Centre moving in to put in place restrictions only last week.



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