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Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) created in Commerce Department

The Directorate General of Trade Remedies has been set up by the Commerce department for administering all trade remedial measures including anti dumping, countervailing duties and safeguard measures. It will be the National Apex Body for administering all trade remedial measures.

Department of Commerce formally issued notification for creation of Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. e Commerce Minister  Suresh Prabhu has given his approval for creation of DGTR  consequent upon amendment carried out by Government of India to the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961 on May 7, 2018 in this regard.

The DGTR will bring Directorate General of Anti-dumping and Allied duties (DGAD), Directorate General of Safeguards (DGS) and Safeguards (QR) functions of DGFT into its fold by merging them into one single national entity. It will also provide trade defense support to our domestic industry and exporters in dealing with increasing instances of trade remedy investigations instituted against them by other countries. 

In the last three years, India initiated more than 130 anti-dumping/countervailing duty/safeguard cases to deal with the rising incidences of unfair trade practices and to provide a level playing field to the domestic industry.

DGTR has been approved with a sanctioned strength of 112 posts drawn from Directorate General of Anti-dumping and Allied duties of Department of Commerce and Directorate General of Safeguards of CBEC.

DGTR will be a multi service organization drawing upon the skill-set of various officers from the field of International Trade, Customs, Revenue, Finance, Economics, Costing and Law. The creation of DGTR will also result in savings of 49 posts to the Government on account of merging DGAD and DGS. .

Mr Prabhu has expressed satisfaction over creation of DGTR, an issue pending since 1997, and has termed it to be manifestation of vision of the present government to provide a level playing field to the domestic industry.

 

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