The Department of Commerce on May 17, 2018 issued notification for creation of the Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) in the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
The approval for the creation of DGTR was given by Union Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu following the amendment carried out by the Union Government to the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961 on May 7, 2018 in this regard.
The office of DGTR has been created with an aim to dispose-off the cases related to unfair trade practices and to provide a level playing field to the domestic industry.
Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR)
• The Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) will be the apex National Authority that will be managing all trade remedial measures including anti-dumping, countervailing duties and safeguard measures.
• The DGTR will bring the Directorate General of Anti-dumping and Allied duties (DGAD), the Directorate General of Safeguards (DGS); and the Safeguards (QR) functions of DGFT under its name by merging them into one single national entity.
• DGTR will have a total strength of 112 posts which will be drawn from Directorate General of Anti-dumping and Allied duties of Department of Commerce and Directorate General of Safeguards of CBEC.
• It will provide trade defence support to domestic industries and exporters to deal with the trade remedy investigations instituted against them by other countries.
• It will be a multi service organisation that will define the skill-sets of various officers from the field of international trade, customs, revenue, finance, economics, costing and law.
The creation of the Directorate General of Trade Remedies will result in savings of 49 posts to the Government on account of merging DGAD and DGS.
Moreover, the creation of this organisation is in tune with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s goal of the ‘Minimum Government Maximum Governance’.