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49 countries give duty-free access of Bangladeshi products: Tofail

30 June 2014
49 countries give duty-free access of Bangladeshi products: Tofail

BSS, Sangsad Bhaban :
As many as 49 countries of the world have given duty-free access of Bangladeshi products, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed said Sunday.
The commerce minister said this in reply to a written query from treasury bench member Begum Pinu Khan in the House.
Tofail said the 28 European Union countries, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland (except arms and military equipment), Japan (except arms, military equipment and some specific goods), Turkey (except arms, military equipment and readymade garments), Canada (except arms and military equipment, poultry and dairy products and egg) and Russia have allowed duty-free access of 71 products and Belarus 71 products under the Generalised System of Preference (GSP) to Bangladesh.
The commerce minister said South Korea has given duty-free access of 4,820 products to Bangladesh under the Preferential Tariff for Least Developed Countries and China to 4,788 products under Duty Free Treatment Grants.
He said Bangladesh has obtained duty-free access of all products except tobacco and drugs from India under the SAFTA, while other SAARC countries Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and the Maldives have given such facilities under the SAFTA and SAPTA.
Tofail said Thailand has allowed duty-free access of 299 products under BIMSTEC, and Malaysia 297 products to Bangladesh.
He said Bangladesh will get duty-free access of all products from Chile from January 1, 2015.
The commerce minister said discussions are underway to realize duty-free access of Bangladeshi products from different Southeast Asian countries and Latin American nations like Brazil, Mexico and Argentina and CIS countries and South Africa.
"Government's efforts are continuing to get duty-free access of Bangladeshi products from those export-potential countries by signing the Free Trade Agreement," he said.
Responding to another question from Awami League lawmaker Morshed Alam, the commerce minister said Bangladesh fetched US Dollar 27027.36 million in 2012-13 fiscal year by exporting 737 products.
The products included oven garments, knitwear, home textile, frozen food, shrimp, leather and leather goods, footwear, agri produces, bicycle, chemical products, pharmaceutical and ceramic goods, paper and paper products, rubber carpet, cap, handicrafts, tea, dry food, wood and wood products, manmaid filaments, computer services, jute and jute goods, specialised textile, cotton and cotton goods, engineering products, cement, petroleum by-products, plastic goods and printed materials.

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