By  on December 13, 2007

GENEVA — Turkey came under fire in a World Trade Organization forum for its large-scale use of antidumping measures, many of which have targeted textiles and apparel imports.

During a two-day review of Turkey's trade protocols, the South Korean delegation urged Turkey "to take a prudent approach in initiating antidumping investigations and not to utilize them as a systemic trade barrier." Similar concerns were voiced by other trading powers, including Brazil, China and Singapore.

A WTO report said Turkey has 93 antidumping duties in force, compared with only 27 at the end of 2002. The study noted that the measures have been applied mostly to textiles and apparel, base metals, plastics and rubber articles. Dumping occurs when goods from a foreign producer are sold in another market at prices that are deemed to be unfairly low.

The report said that in June Turkey imposed a final duty of 87 percent on synthetic woven fabrics from China and in September 2006 placed a duty of $800 a ton on fittings from China. Yarn imports and fittings from other countries have also been hit with punitive duties.

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