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Textiles And Clothing

Volume 177: debated on Monday 23 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what is the current level of duty including all additional duties on United Kingdom exports of knitted outerwear to (a) Turkey, (b) India and (c) Pakistan; and what non-tariff barriers to these exports exist in the same countries.

Duties on knitted outerwear under chapter 61 of the harmonised system exported from the United Kingdom to Turkey, India and Pakistan are 15, 160, and 125 per cent. respectively. Turkey also applies various additional taxes which add roughly 50 per cent. to the total cost of imports of knitted outerwear.In addition, imports of knitted outerwear are banned in Pakistan, and in India are permitted only under licences which are issued only if the goods do not compete with domestic production. India also applies numerous other non-tariff barriers, including customs formalities, exchange control procedures and facilities for local producers, on these and other items.