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Proposal to impose additional import duty on textiles & clothing
Feb '09
The trend which was initiated by the one of the most capitalist countries in the world; USA, in implementing protectionist measures, in its just declared stimulus package, is slowly catching up with the rest of the world. This was announced by in as much words by the Director General of Trade and Industry in Zambia, Mr Tsediso Matona.

According to him, there is a proposal to impose additional duties, over and above the existing ones on imports of textile and clothing in to the country. This policy is expected to be a part of the policy document containing the still to be announced rescue package. This imposition of additional duty if implemented is expected to help the ailing domestic sector.

However, he said, the depreciated local currency against the dollar, which made imports costlier, was already proving to be a bulwark against imports, but at the same time the higher duties were necessitated due to cheap imports which were detrimental to the domestic sector in Zambia, added the Director General.

The already existing duties, prevailing in the countries of the African continent are already very high, averaging to more than 30 percent. If this proposal to implement additional duty is adopted, it would affect exports from a number of countries, China in particular, which already has quota restrictions to deal with.

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