Exporters will reply to the questionnaire related to circumvention investigation initiated by Turkey government under anti-dumping measures on alleged fraud in export of China-made synthetic yarn from Bangladesh.
Manufacturers and exporters would have to send the reply by today (February 4) unless the Turkish government extends the deadline as per request of Bangladesh, officials and industry insiders said.
Commerce ministry in the past week through Bangladesh Embassy in Turkey requested the country to extend the deadline by 15 days, they said.
Some four to five Bangladeshi manufacturers export synthetic yarn to Turkey.
Turkish government on December 29 initiated the investigation against some fraud traders of Bangladesh and Nepal who export Chinese synthetic fibre and yarn using Bangladesh and Nepal as ‘country of origin’ to avoid anti-dumping duty on Chinese product imported to Turkey.
Members and officials of the Bangladesh Textile Mills Association said the Turkish government was conducting the investigation mainly to take punitive actions against fraud traders who export Chinese products with label of Bangladeshi origin.
Genuine Bangladeshi products would not face any anti-dumping duty, they said.
‘This is actually not an investigation for imposing anti-dumping duty on Bangladeshi products,’ said Mohd Khorshed Alam, managing director of Little Star Spinning Mills Ltd, which exports yarn to Turkey, and also a director of the BTMA.
Turkish authorities have asked genuine manufacturers and exporters to be enlisted with its commerce ministry so that they can detect the fraud traders, he said.
He claimed that 4-5 foreign traders from China, Hong Kong and Korea were engaged in this malpractice.
They might forge the documents related to country of origin and GSP certificates to export Chinese yarn from Bangladesh, he added.
‘So, we have decided to fill-up the questionnaire and send it to the country by today or tomorrow to clear our position,’ he said.
Turkish authorities conducted an investigation into the anti-dumping matter a year ago and found no involvement of Bangladeshi manufacturers with the dumping practice, he said, adding that at that time also they could not trace the five exporters.
The government should identify those culprits who import Chinese product and export to Turkey with Bangladesh country of origin to prevent the malpractice in future, he said.
BTMA secretary Monsoor Ahmed said that they informed the manufacturers to submit the response within the time and they would do it.
An exporter would submit their response by today (Sunday), he said.
According to an analysis of the Bangladesh Tariff Commission, some 3,000 tonnes of synthetic yarn were exported from Bangladesh in January-October 2017, which was 1,500 tonnes in the same period in 2016.
This was not a significant amount, he said, adding that many local manufacturers have larger production capacity.
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