Bangladesh needs to address the anti-dumping measures with India and Pakistan on hydrogen peroxide and jute goods and take initiatives to build a poll of legal experts to deal with this issue.
Mentionable, Indian government on April, 17, 2018 imposed revised anti-dumping duty ranging USD 27.81 to 105.82 per tonne on import of hydrogen peroxide from Bangladeshi exporters in the name of ‘injury’ to the domestic industry and causal links following petition of manufacturers of that country.
Besides, the Indian authority has imposed anti-dumping duties ranging from $19 to $352 per tonne on these products of 255 Bangladeshi jute mills and exporters. Only two of the jute mills that exported goods to India, are not facing any such duty.
Pointing to the articles of WTO Anti-Dumping Agreement, Bangladeshi legal experts found that these were the gross violation by India and Pakistan and assured that the cases of Bangladesh have enough merit to win in WTO especially on Pakistan issue.
Bangladesh needs to appeal to the WTO immediately, otherwise export market of Bangladesh would be hampered, they expressed concerns.
These were discussed at a stakeholder consultation session on anti-dumping measures on Hydrogen Peroxide and Jute.
Business Initiative Leading Development (BUILD) in collaboration with Strengthening Institutional Capacity and Human Resource Development for Trade Promotion (EIF Tier-I) Project, WTO Cell, Ministry of Commerce organised the session at the commerce ministry in Dhaka recently.
The meeting was chaired by Shubhashish Bose, Senior Secretary, Ministry of Commerce. Md. Munir Chowdhury, Director General, WTO Cell, Ministry of Commerce was the moderator of the session.
The objectives of the consultation session were to present the findings of the previous three-day consultation on “Addressing Trade Remedial Measures for Export Products of Bangladesh (Anti-Dumping Measures on Hydrogen Peroxide & Jute Goods)” organized by BUILD and EIFT-I Project, WTO Cell, MoC at the office of BUILD.
Rowshanara Begum, CEO, BUILD, spoke at the consultation. Legal experts of BUILD (CETIL) presented three papers titled India Anti Dumping Measures on Hydrogen Peroxide from The People’s of Bangladesh, Pakistan Anti Dumping Measures on Hydrogen Peroxide from The People’s of Bangladesh and India Anti Dumping Measures on Jute Goods from The People’s of Bangladesh.
Dr. Mostafa Abid Khan, Director, BFTI focused on the improvement of the in-house expertise of Bangladesh to deal with the cases in the WTO Dispute Settlement Body.
Md. Hafizur Rahman, Director-1 (Joint Secretary), WTO Cell, Ministry of Commerce said that this session is just the initiation. He assured the willingness the ministry of commerce to extend all sorts of support to the private sector to get remedy on this issue.
Md. Munir Chowdhury, Director General, WTO Cell, ministry of commerce said the legal experts to collect the all previous documents from the ministry on anti-dumping which will help them to prepare the consultation paper more concrete.
High Officials of the different government departments, representatives from Rahimafrooz Ltd, CETIL, FBCCI, DCCI, BJMC, BFTI, MCCI, University of Dhaka, BJSA, ASA Group, Samuda Chemical Complex Ltd., ASM Chemical Industries Ltd., Tasnim Chemical Complex Ltd., Alhaj Jute Mills, BJMC were also present and contributed to the consultation session.
Meanwhile, the Indian authority has imposed anti-dumping duties on three types of jute products from Bangladesh. Fishing net is also targeted; the Directorate General of Anti-Dumping Duty and Allied Duties (DGAD) under the Indian commerce ministry has completed its investigation in this regard.
The jute goods facing anti-dumping duties in India include: jute yarn/twine, hessian and sacking bags. The anti-dumping duty on jute goods, a major exportable item of Bangladesh, is a matter of serious concern.
Following the imposition of anti-dumping duties, country’s exporters sought government intervention. The government assured them that it would take up the matter with the Indian authorities. In the last commerce-secretary level talks held in Dhaka last month, Bangladesh side raised the issue with its Indian counterpart. However, there was no move forward.