Govt may seek WTO panel advice on India, Pakistan anti-dumping duties

Jasim Uddin | Published: 00:00, May 16,2019

 
 

A file photo shows workers busy at a jute mill on the outskirts of Dhaka. The government may seek advice from the Advisory Centre on WTO Law on the merits of its plan to file petition against imposition of anti-dumping duty by India and Pakistan on import of hydrogen peroxide and Jute goods from Bangladesh with the dispute settlement body of the World Trade Organisation. — New Age photo

The government may seek advice from the Advisory Centre on WTO Law on the merits of its plan to file petition against imposition of anti-dumping duty by India and Pakistan on import of hydrogen peroxide and Jute goods from Bangladesh with the dispute settlement body of the World Trade Organisation.
Earlier, the commerce ministry decided to go to the WTO’s dispute settlement body against India and Pakistan. India imposed anti-dumping duty on import of hydrogen peroxide and Jute goods while Pakistan imposed the duty on import of hydrogen peroxide from Bangladesh.
Trade officials now mull obtaining advice from ACWL, an independent body of WTO, on the merits of Bangladesh’s position on the three cases before moving to the DSB.
Bangladesh Tariff Commission is now preparing three separate position papers on imposition of the duty on hydrogen peroxide by the both countries, officials said.
They said that the commission was scrutinising details of the verdicts made by India and Pakistani authorities on the issues to identify points favorable to Bangladesh.
They have already identified some weaknesses related to both procedural and calculation process of the cases.
Stakeholders have also requested the commission to go to ACWL to evaluate the country’s strengths and weaknesses.
A senior trade official told New Age that Bangladesh would get the service from ACWL free of cost as a least developed country.
The centre will assess the documents and arguments prepared by the government and suggest whether it has merits to file case to DSB, he said.
The commission will soon finalise the position papers and will send to commerce ministry for seeking opinion of ACWL, established in 2001 to give legal advice and training on WTO law and provide support in WTO dispute settlement proceedings to its member countries.
Jute and hydrogen peroxide exporters, private law firms appointed by commerce ministry, experts and trade officials recommended the ministry to move forward with the decision of filing petition at DSB as there are some substantial flaws related to procedural and duty calculation process in three cases.
Both the countries imposed the duty on the products on faulty allegations, exporters claimed.
Directorate General of Anti- Dumping and Allied Duties of India on April 2017 imposed the duty ranging from $27.81 to $91.47 per tonne of hydrogen peroxide while National Tariff Commission of Pakistan on March 2016 imposed the duty between 10.67 per cent and 12.14 per cent on export of the product by Bangladesh companies.
India on January 5, 2017 imposed the duty ranging from $19 to $351.72 a tonne on import of jute products from Bangladesh for five years.

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