EU trade benefits: WTO imposes conditions on Pakistani goods

Bangladesh objects to export of eight products mainly garments.

Ppi November 16, 2011

DHAKA: The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has imposed conditions on flood-hit Pakistan in allowing duty-free export of 75 products to European Union (EU) countries, said Bangladesh Trade Secretary Golam Hossain, according to online newspaper

WTO gave Pakistan the opportunity to increase exports of 13 out of 75 products up to 20% in two years, Hossain told reporters on Tuesday.

Bangladesh objected to export of eight of 13 products, he said and added that two were dropped from the list while the remaining six were readymade garment products.

“EU decided to allow duty-free entry of 75 products from Pakistan to help the country recover from the damage caused by floods last year. But Bangladesh and India immediately informed the EU about their concerns of being commercially harmed,” Hossain said.

“Bangladesh told the EU to drop eight products from the list if they want to help Pakistan. Otherwise, the readymade garments sector of Bangladesh will be hurt. EU and WTO imposed special conditions on six of eight products objected to by Bangladesh. Pakistan got duty-free entry for two others,” he added.

Hossain said Pakistan will be able to earn an extra $20 million by exporting these two garment products in the next two years.

His comments came after Bangladesh Commerce Minister Faruk Khan told that Dhaka was against “such uneven assistance to Pakistan.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 16th,  2011.


Praizor | 10 years ago | Reply

Considering the geography of Bangladesh - where the storms are more likely, the best reply would be to not do the same to them.

khurram | 10 years ago | Reply

pakistan should immediately impose duty on yarn export to bangladesh.

bangladesh with conivance of EU is literally doing cotton canibalism with pakistan.

Bangla exports of textile has touches usd20 billion wheras pakistan xport of textiles is usd12billion.

it insane that we have becme a raw material supplier to bangladesh which adds value to and reexport to EU.and eats up our buyer.

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