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Exporters plead EC to reconsider anti-dumping duties
23
Aug '08
Pakistani bed linen has been facing heavy anti-dumping duty in markets of the European Union making it extremely difficult for domestic exporters to remain competitive against other Asian countries.

The grievances were put up by the Pakistani textile exporters at a meeting with the study Group of European Commission that visited Faisalabad on Wednesday.

Addressing his disappointments to the group, Mr Mian Mohammad Latif, former chairman of All Pakistan Cloth Exporters Association, said that the anti-dumping duty imposed by the European countries was not in compliance with the global trade agreement and that it is virtually crippling the Pakistani textile exporters in competition, against their regional rivals.

This apart, the stringent social regulatory instructions and adverse travel advisories have also been creating hurdles for the exporters in the way of promoting smoth operations in Europe. These non-tariff barriers are both directly and indirectly impacting export trade to the EU.

What concerns Pakistani exporters most are the discriminatory practices followed by EU. While textile exports of Bangladesh to EU are duty-free, those from India and China have been receiving preferential treatment and a free access to markets. However, when it comes to Pakistan, the attitude undergoes a dramatic change and anti-dumping duty is the resultant consequence.

Worsening the situation is the 9.6 percent customs duty which will have to be paid in addition to the imposed anti-dumping charges. Withdrawal of Generalized System of Preference for Pakistani exports have also been adding to the existing woes of the textile industry, but it can only be hoped that the European Commission reconsiders its decision which would otherwise have a ravaging effect on the industry in Pakistan as a whole.

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