ANNOUNCEMENT 14 Aug 2019

In August 2019, the Malagasy authorities initiated a safeguard investigation on imports of vegetable oils and margarine. A provisional duty was imposed and later withdrawn in September 2019. The investigation is still in progress.

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

1

  • 0 harmful
  • 1 neutral
  • 0 liberalising

SOURCE

WTO, Committee on Safeguards - Notification au titre de l'article 12.1 a) de l'Accord sur les sauvegardes, de l'ouverture d'une enquĂȘte et des raisons de cette act[...]ales alimentaires et margarines, Document No. G/SG/N/6/MDG/7 ; G/SG/N/7/MDG/7 ; G/SG/N/11/MDG/7: https://docs.wto.org/dol2fe/Pages/FE_Search/DDFDocuments/256531/r/G/SG/N6MDG7.pdf
WTO, Committee on Safeguards - Notification under article 12.4 of the Agreement on Safeguards before taking a provisional safeguard measure referred to in article[...]ils and margarines - Supplement, issued on 4 October 2019: https://docs.wto.org/dol2fe/Pages/FE_Search/FE_S_S009-DP.aspx?language=E&CatalogueIdList=257418,257419,257435,256506,256530,256531,255795,255629,255286,255284&CurrentCatalogueIdIndex=2&FullTextHash=&HasEnglishRecord=True&HasFrenchRecord=True&HasSpanishRecord=True

Inception date: No inception date

Safeguard

On 14 August 2019, the Malagasy authorities initiated a safeguard investigation on imports of vegetable oils and margarine. The products subject to investigation are classified under the following HS code subheadings: 5071010, 15079000, 15089000,15091010, 15099000, 15100000, 15111011, 15111091, 15119000, 15121110, 15121900,15122110, 15122900, 15141100, 15141110, 15141900, 15149110, 15149900, 15171000,15179010, 15179090 and 15180000. 

On the same day, the Malagasy authorities announced the imposition of provisional duties on imports of the subject good. The rate of duty is ad valorem 21% of the CIF value. The duty enters into force on 1 September 2019 for a period of 200 days. A number of developing countries are exempt from the safeguard duty.

On 24 September 2019, the Malagasy authorities issued a legal notice announcing the withdrawal of the provisional duty retrospectively from 1 September 2019. The duty was withdrawn due to public interest. 

AFFECTED SECTORS