Indonesia launches WTO safeguard investigation on fabrics, on yarn and on curtains

On September 20, 2019, Indonesia notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on September 18, 2019 three (3) safeguard investigations: (a) on fabrics, (b) on yarn (other than sewing thread) of synthetic and artificial staple fibres, and (c) on curtains (including drapes), interior blinds, bed valances, and other furnishing articles.

“Those having substantial interest and wishing to be considered as interested parties in this investigation should submit written request within a period of 15 days in Indonesia from the date of initiation to the Investigating Authority.”

The three notifications are available in G/SG/N/6/IDN/31, G/SG/N/6/IDN/32and G/SG/N/6/IDN/33.

What is a safeguard investigation?

A safeguard investigation seeks to determine whether increased imports of a product are causing, or is threatening to cause, serious injury to a domestic industry.

During a safeguard investigation, importers, exporters and other interested parties may present evidence and views and respond to the presentations of other parties.

A WTO member may take a safeguard action (i.e. restrict imports of a product temporarily) only if the increased imports of the product are found to be causing, or threatening to cause, serious injury.