The Indian government has rejected claims by the Solvent Extractors’ Association of India, Mumbai, that the country’s edible vegetable oil sector needed protection from a surge in imports via temporary safeguard duties.

A detailed investigation was launched by the country’s Director General (Safeguards) but he has dismissed the allegations, and – highly unusually in such cases – decided not to recommend the erection of a special tariff.

Indeed, he concluded that the resulting price rise would have had “enormous adverse effect on hundreds of millions of Indian consumers of edible oil, who will be forced to reduce their consumption of vegetable oils.” As a result, the director general said the application had “not passed the test of scrutiny and sustainability” required.