Georgia pecan grower Randy Hudson and his fellow farmers are on a mission to bring the American treat to the world.
It’s an effort that’s paid off in places like China, Turkey and Dubai, where pecan exports have flourished.
But the next big market targeted by the industry is proving a problem.
India “has the potential to be as big a pecan customer as China,” Hudson said, but it imposes a tariff rate of about 36 percent on the nut. Pecan exporting to India is still in the early stages and sales are relatively small. But the prospect of much bigger sales stands to be limited by the tariff because it makes pecans more expensive.