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Playin` Ketchup With the World

It's the era of free imports but prices will still stay high even as local industry takes a knocking

Playin` Ketchup With the World
Playin` Ketchup With the World
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Picture this. You wake up in the morning and savour some Tang orange juice. There's Kraft cheese on toast for breakfast with some steaming Maxwell House coffee for company. Let the missus pack some luscious, blood-red Washington apples—'red, delicious', says the sticker on the fruit—to munch on during lunchtime. Before you slip into your Bally shoes and step on the gas in your three-year-old Toyota Corolla you got from a seconds car bay, your kid reminds you to bring home some Toblerone chocolates. Oh well, you also pick up a bottle of Carlo Rossi wine, in case friends drop in later in the evening.

Pure fantasy? Not really. There's no need to feel shy to eat, drink, dress and drive phoren any more. For long, a tangled skein of licensing and inspection requirements, tariffs and import quotas had kept out the world's goodies from India. In return, what you got, among other things, was an antediluvian sedan like the Ambassador car, or rusty, knife-edged, dangerous toys. Last week, all that changed, perhaps irrevocably: India finally removed import-licensing quotas, more...
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