Letter to Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State - Harder Asks Secretary of State to Address Almond Tariffs with Indian PM
Thank you for your leadership overseeing the U.S. Department of State. I appreciate the opportunity to work together to support our nation's foreign policy and international relations.
It has been reported that you will meet with the Indian Prime Minister on June 24. This is a critical meeting and an opportunity to assist farmers throughout my district and in the Central Valley.
California's largest agricultural export is almonds. Our farmers export over $650 million worth of almonds to India yearly. As you are aware, India has just increased the duty on almonds in retaliation for the President removing India from GSP treatment for Indian exports. My district is one of the largest producers of almonds in the country and will certainly feel the pain of these tariffs.
We need to be doing more to support our farmers. I request you aim to resolve this issue during your meeting in India. I look forward to your response and learning of progress on these conversations on your trip.