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March 2019

International Trade Amicus: January 2019


Manual of Operating Practices for trade remedy investigations - A step towards transparency
by Neeraj Chhabra

Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) recently issued Manual of Operating Practices for trade remedy investigations and Handbook of Operating Procedures of Trade Defence Wing which captures the standard practices/procedures with respect to the trade remedy investigations conducted by India and covers almost all the legal provisions and procedures pertaining to trade remedy investigations. The manual consists of 24 Chapters wherein a major part is on the practices/procedures with respect to anti-dumping investigations. The handbook provides trade defence support to Indian domestic producers and exporters, dealing with the increasing instances of trade remedy investigations instituted against them by other countries. By issuing the manual and handbook, India has become a part of the club of developed countries like United States and Australia having their own manuals/guidelines.

Trade Remedy News

  • 4, 4, Diamino Stilbene 2, 2 Disulphonic Acid (DASDA) imported from China – India issues final findings in sunset review recommending cessation of anti-dumping duties
  • Coated Paper imported from China, EU & US – India issues final findings terminating ADD investigation
  • Cold rolled flat products of stainless steel imported from China, Korea, EU, South Africa, Chinese Taipei, Thailand and USA – India amends final finding notification
  • Electric Insulators imported from China – India initiates sunset review investigation
  • Epoxy raisins imported from China, EU, Korea, Thailand and Taiwan – India issues termination orders due to withdrawal of petition by applicant
  • Fleuroelastomers (FKM) imported from China – India issues final findings recommending imposition of anti-dumping duties
  • High Tenacity Polyester Yarn imported from China – India amended final finding notification
  • Jute Products imported from Bangladesh & Nepal - India grants individual anti-dumping duties pursuant to new shipper reviews
  • Methylene chloride imported from EU & US – India continues anti-dumping duty after sunset review
  • Non-plasticized industrial grade nitrocellulose excluding nitrocellulose damped in Ethanol and water wet imported from Brazil, Indonesia & Thailand – India issues final findings recommending imposition of anti-dumping duties
  • Nonyl Phenol imported from Taiwan – India issues final findings in sunset review recommending cessation of anti-dumping duties
  • Saturated fatty alcohol imported by Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Saudi Arabia - India initiates new shipper review w.r.t an Indonesian producer
  • Textured tempered coated and uncoated glass imported from Malaysia – India issues final findings recommending imposition of anti-dumping duties

WTO News

  • Appellate Body issues report on revised US “dolphin-safe” tuna labelling measure
  • Venezuela initiates WTO disputes against USA and Colombia
  • Thailand appeals compliance panel report regarding Thai measures on imported cigarettes
  • Panels established to review claims against trade measures of Costa Rica, Russia, Saudi Arabia
  • Safeguard investigations by Turkey, Madagascar and Philippines
  • EU’s Safeguard measures against import of steel products – India, Russia and Moldova seek consultations

India Customs & Trade Policy Update

  • Advance authorisation - Removal of pre-import condition for IGST exemption
  • Advance authorisation available to other exporters based on ratified norms
  • EPCG Scheme - List of products importable revised
  • Capital goods for distribution of power not importable under EPCG
  • Customs duty reduced on specified imports from Malaysia, ASEAN, South Korea and Japan

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