ISLAMABAD - National Tariff Commission (NTC) of Ministry of Commerce has imposed an anti-dumping duty of 16.97 per cent on the import of Sorbitol from India for five years.

On the complaints of local manufacturers, Minister for Commerce, Engineer Khurrum Dasgir had ordered the NTC to investigate about dumping of Sorbitol in the country.

After investigation, it was proved that the local industry was getting affected due to the import of Sorbitol from India.

In August 2015, the government imposed duty on the import of Sarbitol from India for four months but after the completion of investigation the anti dumping duty had been imposed for five years.

Sorbitol is an industrial chemical which is used in pharmaceutical, cosmetics and textile industry. However there would be no duty on the import of Indian Sorbitol which would be used for export sector.

Meanwhile, in a statement issued here on Tuesday, Khurram Dastgir Khan said the government was determined for the promotion of trade in the country on international level. He said during previous two and half years, the government had taken advantage of local and international laws for the defence of country’s trade advantages. He said the government also had introduced new laws and improved the legislation to promote trade and business in the country.

He said due to the endeavors of ministry of commerce, duty on Pakistani PET plastic had been waived off and Pakistan was pursuing the case of PET plastic with World Trade Organization so that in future the country’s industry should not face any such crisis.

He said the ministry was also trying to resolve the issue of duty imposed of Pakistani cement by South Africa.