Protecting local companies during these difficult times is back on the Indian government’s agenda. Antidumping investigations are on the rise with companies working hard to prove that low priced imports are hurting their businesses.
The government recently decided to extend by six months the effective date for definitive anti-dumping duty (ADD) on flexible slabstock polyol imports from China, Taiwan, South Korea and Brazil.
ADD on imports from these countries was imposed in January 2005 and was scheduled to expire at end-January 2009.
Earlier this month, the government decided to extend ADD on melamine imports from China until 1 October 2009. India had imposed a definitive ADD in November 2004 for five years, with retroactive effect from April 2004, which was when the provisional ADD was imposed.
And also in January, the government decided to impose ADD on nitrile rubber (NBR) from South Korea. The tariff protection will benefit the country’s sole NBR producer, Eliokem India Private Limited (EIPL), a subsidiary of France’s Eliokem.
In December, ADD was introduced on caustic soda and rubber chemical imports from South Korea and China.
Producers of various other chemical intermediates are also keeping a close watch on imports and international prices to assess if product is being dumped in India.
An interesting report on antidumpingpublishing.com identifies India as the top user of antidumping measures during 1995-2008 with 520 cases lodged.
Turkey topped the list with 13 investigations during the first six months of 2008 followed by the US and India with 11 investigations. The main target of investigations during this period was China which also faced maximum investigations during 1995-2008.
Interestingly, the chemicals sector accounted for 20% of investigations during H1 2008, behind metals (25%), textiles and footwear (24%). But the chemicals sector was at the top of list for 1995-2008 with a 33% share of total investigations.