Pakistan critical of ‘zeroing’ and deletion of ‘lesser duty rule’ in anti-dumping accord

Geneva – 12 December 2007.

Chairman of the “Negotiating Group on Rules”, who presented his draft text for preliminary consideration in the Rules group meeting on 12 December faced serious criticism on introduction of zeroing and deletion of lesser duty provision in the proposed text of ADA (Anti-Dumping Agreement). Ambassador Manzoor Ahmad, speaking on behalf of Pakistan delegation conveyed his disappointment in this regard and urged that the Chair revisit these provisions to remove imbalances. Pakistani envoy however commended some other parts of the text, which related to data disclosure, price undertakings, back-to-back investigations, and a specially designed peer review mechanism.

Commenting on the remaining proposed text on ASCM (Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures) and fisheries subsidies, he added that the text formed a good basis for further negotiations. Full text of his statement is available here