The commerce ministry on Sunday asked the Bangladesh Tariff Commission to prepare the next course of action against India’s imposition of anti-dumping duty on export of Bangladeshi jute and jute products.
The aggrieved exporters will get 90 days for filing appeal against the decision of India of imposing anti-dumping duty varying from $19 to $352 per tonne of Bangladeshi jute and jute goods, officials concerned said.
Directorate General of Anti-dumping and Allied Duties under the finance ministry of India on Thursday imposed the duty which will remain effective for next five years unless the decision is revoked, superseded or amended earlier.
The duty will be applicable on 23 producers and exporters of jute and jute goods.
Officials of the Tariff Commission, an arm of the commerce ministry, said all the exporters would have to file appeal individually to the Customs, Excise and Gold (Control) Appellate Tribunal of India seeking review of the decision.
In addition to filing appeal, there is another way called price undertaking to resolve the dispute, they said.
Under the price undertaking system, the anti-dumping duty imposing authorities are empowered to suspend the duties if an exporter offers a price undertaking for the measured duty and later export adding the price in the total export price.
An aggrieved exporter will have to pay Rs15,000 for filing the appeal. Appellants will get opportunity of hearing.
The BTC officials said that they would soon send the report describing the course of actions to the ministry.
The ministry may sit with the exporters and relevant associations to decide on how the exporters will face the issue.
Ministry of textile and jute is also set to sit today (Monday) with the relevant stakeholders to determine the next course of actions. State minister for jute Mirza Azam will preside over the meeting.
The BTC officials, however, alleged that they hardly found any cooperation including relevant information from exporters and sector leaders on the issue.
The commission on November 24 warned the associations of exporters about the possibility of imposition of the duty within short period of time and advised them to take necessary preparations to face the decision of India, they said.
The commission also informed the exporters and their associations about the procedures of appeal and assured them that the BTC would provide them with all necessary assistances.
But none of exporters or representatives of any associations including the Bangladesh Jute Spinners Association, Bangladesh Jute Association Bangladesh Jute Mills Association and the Bangladesh Jute Exporters Association responded to the call.
They said that both the government and private sectors had lack of expertise to tackle such issue.
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