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Bangladesh Tariff Commission (BTC) is an autonomous advisory public institution of the Government, which works for the protection of assistance to the genuine interests of the indigenous industries facing unfair competition from foreign firms. Any matter relating to the protection of or assistance to domestic industries or the efficient use of resources in any industry may be referred to the Commission by the government or the business community for recommendations on appropriate course of action. The Commission also advises the government on inducing greater competition in industrial production; encouraging efficient use of resources in the economy, obtaining greater market access through bilateral, regional and multilateral trade agreements; and taking remedial measures against dumping and other unfair trade practices in respect of imports into Bangladesh. The Commission is obliged to look into any matter referred to its by the government.

An organization named Tariff Commission was established as a Directorate under the Ministry of Commerce on July 28, 1973 by an executive order of the government. The objectives of the Tariff Commission included the protection of indigenous industries, saving foreign exchange and the generation of local employment. The remit of the Commission also included making specific recommendations to the government for the protection of consumers' interests.The Tariff Commission acted as a Directorate of the government up to November 5, 1992 under the Protective Duties Act, 1950

The Commission was re-organised as a statutory body under Bangladesh Tariff Commission Act 1992.It was renamed Bangladesh Tariff Commission.As a statutory body the Commission became an autonomous agency under the administrative umbrella of the Ministry of Commerce.

The relentless drive for globalisation of the world economy and multilateral trade disciplines are posing new and difficult challenges for government policy making.The Commission advises the government in charting courses in this complex international environment to safeguard the interests of the nation and its economy.
 
Function

According to Bangladesh Tariff Commission Act 1992, the Commission may be required to advise the government on the following matters:

a) Providing protection to industries within Bangladesh;

b) Encouraging competitiveness in industrial production;

c) Ensuring efficient use of industrial resources;

d) Promoting exports from Bangladesh;

e) Increasing efficient use of resources within and outside Bangladesh through bilateral and multilateral negotiations.

f) Measures to counter dumping and other unfair measures adopted in respect of import and sale of foreign goods in Bangladesh; and

g) Any other matter relating to protection or assistance to domestic industry or efficient use of resources in such industry that the Government may refer to the Commission.

In addition to the functions above, the Commission may assist the government in preparing the national budget and also advise the government on trade matters and bilateral,

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Activities

Wing-wise Functions and Responsibilities of the BTC

For a smooth and speedy disposal of business, the Commission has been divided into three wings: (a) Trade Policy Wing, (b) Trade Remedies Wing, and (c) International Cooperation Wing.Each Wing is headed by a Member. Besides, there is also an Administrative section headed by the Secretary of the Commission to conduct administrative business of the Commission.

Functions of Trade Policy Wing

The main function of the Trade Policy Wing is the protection and expansion of domestic industries. To this end, BTC recommends appropriate tariff and import measures to the government as and when asked for. The main goals of trade policy of Bangladesh are to accelerate growth of exports, diversify export products, make imported inputs easily available at reasonable prices and reduce the current account deficit to a sustainable level.
To firm up its recommendations, the Commission usually holds meetings with the related government agencies, business associations, experts and other concerned institutional representatives. In the case of controversial issues, the Commission sometimes holds public hearings before making recommendations to the government.

 

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