Argentina has imposed anti-dumping duty at the rate of 56 per cent on import of gloves from Bangladesh and some other countries initially for six months.
The argentine ministry of production and labour on November 15 imposed the duty on freight on board values of the product as it found ‘evidence of dumping’ of the products to the market in primary investigations.
The country also imposed the duty at 56 per cent on import of the product from Bangladesh, China, Sri Lanka and Malaysia while 35.06 per cent on imports from India over the same allegation.
According to the Bangladesh Tariff Commission (BTC), Bangladesh’s export of gloves, mittens and mitts, knitted or crocheted, impregnated, coated or covered with plastics or rubber, to Argentina was worth $1,17,361 in the fiscal year 2018-2019.
In FY 2017-2018, the exports accounted for $151,284.
Tariff commission officials said that although the export volume of the product to the country was not so significant in comparison to its total export worth $40.53 billion in FY19, the impositions had far reaching impacts on exports of the country as other countries might follow Argentina’s example.
So, the government as well as exporters should be very careful and proactive on handling the issue, they said.
In recent years, Bangladesh had also faced anti-dumping and related duties on jute and jute goods, hydrogen peroxide and fishing nets from India, hydrogen peroxide from Pakistan and on synthetic yarn from Turkey.
Earlier on August 6, the foreign trade secretariat of Argentina’s production and labour ministry issued a notification on initiating an investigation into alleged dumping of gloves to the country from six Asian countries, including Bangladesh.
Bangladeshi exporters were supposed to respond to the questionnaire sent by September 30 but the tariff commission, responsible for communicating with exporters on any issues related to imposition of such duties, only came to know about the initiative after deadline to respond to the notification expired.
The commission received the letter sent by the Bangladesh embassy to the United States that also looked into diplomatic matters with Argentina through diplomatic bags on September 30.
Sources, however, said that the embassy also informed the BTC about Argentina’s decision through email but BTC had not noticed the letter.
Later in response to a tariff commission plea, the Bangladesh embassy to the US requested Argentina to extend the period for submitting the responses of Bangladeshi exporters to the questionnaire.
Argentina had also extended that deadline by 10 days but the commission came to know about the extension late.
Argentina will now conduct a final investigation into the allegations and take a decision to impose the duty based on the findings.
Commerce ministry officials said that the tariff commission would now decide on what to do next on the issue.
Tariff commission officials said that they did not get cooperation from the exporters.
The commission on October 7 informed the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association about the issue and sought information required for future steps.
None of the associations responded to the request, they said.
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