India and US trade estimated to touch USD 140 billion in 2017 says USISPF

Vastavam web: Trade between India and the US is estimated to have jumped substantially from USD 118 billion in 2016 to USD 140 billion in 2017, according to an advocacy group that aims to promote bilateral trade.In 2016, India was the ninth largest trading partner of the US and one of the major countries with which America has had trade deficit of more than USD30 billion. This is expected to continue in 2017 as well, an issue which has repeatedly been raised by President Donald Trump and his top officials in their interaction with their Indian counterpart.Official figures of annual bilateral trade are yet to come, but the USISPF estimates are based on its own research and surveys.

India, Aghi said, has proactively started working on addressing the issue of trade deficit with India.”India roughly has a thousand plane orders with US companies. That will start bringing trade imbalance in the right direction. India, last year bought USD2 billion worth of energy from the US. India spends roughly USD 80 billion dollars acquiring energy. And I think a lot of that will start moving to the US,” he said.India and the US have set a goal of increasing the bilateral trade to USD 500 billion a year.