India: Bilateral import duty cap for crude oil products from Brunei Darussalam
On 1 November 2010, the government of India capped import tariffs on crude oil products originating in Brunei Darussalam. Under the new regulation, import duties levied upon these products may not exceed 3 percent ad valorem.
This measure includes trade-enhancing as well as discriminatory aspects. Brunei Darussalam beenefits from the capped tariff. However, other trading partners that had bilateral trade with India on the stated tariff line in 2009 do not enjoy the tariff cap. The measure is thus marked as amber.
Any Evidence-Based Deliberation:
|Is there anything in the public record to suggest that evidence of the effectiveness of the proposed measure was considered during official deliberations?|
|Is there any evidence that alternatives to the proposed measure were considered?|
|Is there anything in the public record that suggests that empirical evidence informed the comparison across the alternatives available to government?|
|Was such evidence identified?|
|Is such evidence publicly available?|
|Did the official decision-maker in question provide an explanation as to why a chosen measure was favoured over alternatives?|
|Is there any evidence to suggest that potentially affected trading partners were consulted before the measures were taken?|
|Is there any evidence that safeguards have been put in place to ensure that implementation of the initiative is transparent and non-discriminatory?|
|Did the government state its intention to review the measure within one year of implementation?|
Date of inception: 1 Nov 2010
GTA Evaluation: Amber
India Customs. (2010). Notification 116/2010. Available at http://www.cbec.gov.in/customs/cs-act/notifications/notfns-2k10/cs-tarr2...