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Action Against Dumped or Subsidised Imports


The Anti-Dumping Authority of the Ministry of Trade and Industry investigates complaints and imposes anti-dumping or countervailing duties in order to eliminate the dumping or subsidising of imported products.  The Authority was established to:

  • Safeguard local manufacturers against the dumping of imports on the domestic market.
  • Determine if dumped and subsidised imported products cause material injury to domestic manufacturers.
  • Level the playing field for local manufacturers on the domestic and international markets.
  • Ensure that foreign producers/exporters do not sell their products on the domestic market at dumped or subsidised prices.



Who can lodge an anti-dumping complaint?

Any domestic producer/manufacturer, local importer or foreign producer/exporter can lodge a complaint regarding the dumping or subsidising of imported products on the Trinidad and Tobago market.  However, the complainant must have the support of a major part of the local industry whose collective output constitutes at least 25% of local production.

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What happens after a complaint is lodged?

The complaint investigation process is very thorough and can therefore take as many as 18 months to complete.  The general steps in the process are summarised below:

  • The Anti-Dumping Authority will review a complaint and either reject or accept it based on whether the complaint meets the requirements set forth in the regulations.  If a complaint is accepted, an investigation will be initiated within 30 days of receipt of the complaint.
  • Within three months of initiation, a Preliminary Determination will be made.
  • The Final Determination will be made within four to six months of provisional duties being assessed.

 

 

Periodic reviews of a Final Determination may be required if there is a change in circumstance, such as an export ceasing to enter the local market, the local industry ceasing to exist or a new shipper entering into the local market.  An expiry, or sunset review will be conducted to determine if the imposition of duties should be continued after the initial five year period.

 

 

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How are complaints lodged?

An entity wanting to lodge a complaint with the Anti-Dumping Authority must complete the appropriate questionnaire, based on whether the entity is a domestic producer/manufacturer, local importer or foreign producer/exporter (see links to questionnaires below).  Questionnaires can also be obtained from the following location:

 

The Fair Trading Unit

Ministry of Trade and Industry

Level 12

Nicholas Tower

63-65 Independence Square
Port of Spain

Trinidad, West Indies
Tel. (868) 623-2931-4
Fax. (868) 625-6233
Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:15 pm, Monday to Thursday, and 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on Friday, except public holidays

 

Questionnaires should be completed in accordance with the included instructions and returned to the Anti-Dumping Unit.

 

 

Foreign Producer/Exporter Anti-Dumping Questionnaire

 

 

Local Importer Anti-Dumping Questionnaire

Domestic Producer/Manufacturer Anti-Dumping Questionnaire

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Are there any associated fees?

There are no fees associated with lodging an anti-dumping complaint.  However, you must pay a fee to the Government Printery for a copy of any anti-dumping investigation Notice. 

 

Government Printery Sales Department

2-4 Victoria Avenue

Port of Spain

Trinidad, West Indies

Tel. (868) 623-2410
Opening hours:  8:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday, except public holidays

 

 

The Government Printery

 

 

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Where can more information be obtained?

More information about anti-dumping can be obtained online by following the link below.  You may also contact the Fair Trading Unit at the address above.  The Unit's staff members, listed below, are available 8:00 am to 4:15 pm, Monday to Thursday and 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on Friday, except public holidays.
 

Beverly Mahabir-Charles
Senior Anti-Dumping Investigator
Tel. (868) 623-2931-4 Exts 2202-3
Fax. (868) 625-6233
Email: bcharles@tradeind.gov.tt

 

Ava Mahabir-Dass
Investigator
Tel. (868) 623-2931-4 Ext 2246
Fax. (868) 625-6233
Email: adass@tradeind.gov.tt

 

Walt Williams
Research Officer
Tel. (868) 623-2931-4 Ext 2236
Fax. (868) 625-6233
Email: mailto:dtaitt@tradeind.gov.tt

 

 

 

Fair Trading Unit

 

 

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