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US initiates new anti-dumping duty

The US has initiated new antidumping duty and countervailing duty investigations to determine whether forged steel fittings from India and Korea are being dumped there and to find if producers in India are receiving unfair subsidies. In 2018, imports of forged steel fittings from India and Korea were valued at an estimated $92.6 million and ..

Anti-Dumping Duty Imposed on certain Electrical Insulators from China

The Ministry of Finance has approved imposing of anti-dumping duty on import of electrical insulators (glass or ceramics/ porcelain) from China. What are electrical insulators? Electrical insulators are typically used in bushings, disconnectors, circuit breakers, transformers, power transmission and distribution lines, including railways. Anti-dumping Duty on Electrical Insulators from China The anti-dumping duty will be ..

Developing Country Status in WTO

US President Trump has made a sharp criticism against the World Trade Organisation (WTO) for allowing countries such as India and China to engage in unfair trade practices that affect American economic interests. President Trump questioned the “developing country” status enjoyed by India and China at the WTO and argued that these countries are not ..

EU approves world’s largest free trade deal with Japan

On December 12, the European Parliament has approved the world’s largest free trade deal between Japan and the European Union (EU). The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement will go into effect in February 2019. It will remove duties on almost all agricultural and industrial products as well as open up the service sector and procurement. It ..

Surjit S. Bhalla heads High Level Advisory Group (HLAG) to look into global trade challenges

Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu has recently approved the constitution of a High Level Advisory Group (HLAG) to look into the opportunities and ways to address the ongoing challenges in the global trade scenario. The HLAG will be headed by Surjit S. Bhalla, Director of Oxus Research and Investments. The HLAG will consider ways for boosting ..

Argentina to host 2018 G-20 trade and investment ministerial meeting

The 2018 G-20 trade and investment ministerial meeting was held at Mar del Plata in Argentina on September 12-13. From India, Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu participated in the meeting. Issues including increasing protectionism, challenges to promote global commerce and new industrial revolution were discussed. The meeting assumes significance as countries including the US ..

Draft agri-export policy : Key Features

A draft Agri Export Policy has been released by the Commerce Ministry. The National Agriculture Export Policy is being formulated in line with the vision to double the farmer’s income and increase the share of agricultural exports from $30 billion to $60 billion by 2022. The features of the policy include Identification of commodities which ..

China launches WTO dispute resolution case against US, EU

China has launched a dispute resolution case against US and EU at the World Trade Organisation regarding the surrogate country approach followed by the US and EU to calculate anti-dumping measures against exports from China. When China joined the WTO in 2001, it accepted to allow WTO members to treat it as a non-market economy to calculate anti-dumping ..