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Opposing views emerge on Turkish safeguard duty
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Turkey had imposed a 17 percent safeguard duty on imports of Bangladeshi textiles and clothing including on those from the least developed countries' (LDCs) against zero-duty earlier.

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) had vehemently opposed the decision and had said that it will severely hit clothing exports amounting to US $650 million to Turkey achieved last year.

However, the Bangladeshi envoy to Turkey Zulfiqur Rahman quoting Turkish importers claims that the additional safeguard duty would not harm Bangladeshi apparel exports to Turkey in the long term, but may be affect in the short-run.

As per the new policy, Turkey imposes 17 percent duty on goods imported from LDC's, 36 and 42 percent (import + safeguard duty) on goods imported from developing and developed countries, respectively.

Mr Rahman is of the opinion that despite the removal of zero-duty status and imposition of safeguard duty, Bangladeshi garment exports still command a preferential treatment, when compared to those exported from developing and developed economies.

Speaking exclusively with fibre2fashion, Mr Siddiqur Rahman,Vice President – BGMEA said, “Our government is still in talks with the Turkish government but as such no development has taken place till now, so it's a difficult situation”.

He added, “The safeguard duty will definitely affect the industry and business. The Turkish government is talking about reducing the duty but they are not actually reducing it. Our Prime Minister and Commerce Minister during their visit to Turkey had raised the issue, but no commitment was made and no decision was taken”, he summed up by saying.

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