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India probes dumping of 'aluminium, zinc coated flat products' from China, Vietnam, Korea

Apr 9,2019

India has begun a probe into alleged dumping of aluminium and zinc coated flat products from China, Vietnam, and Korea following a complaint from a domestic player. The commerce ministry's arm Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) initiated the investigation of an application filed by JSW Steel Coated Products.


JSW Steel asked for an anti-dumping probe and imposition of a duty on imports of the flat-rolled product of steel, plated or coated with an alloy of aluminium and zinc, from these countries.


If established that the dumping has caused material injury to domestic players, DGTR would recommend imposition of the antidumping duty on the imports. In a notification, DGTR said it has found "sufficient evidence" of dumping of the goods from these countries.


"The authority hereby initiates an investigation into the alleged dumping, and the consequent injury to the domestic industry... To determine the existence, degree, and effect of alleged dumping and to recommend the amount of anti-dumping duty, which if levied, would be adequate to remove the injury to the domestic industry," it said.


The investigation would cover the period from October 2017 to September 2018. However, the directorate would also cover the data of 2015-18.


The product offers resistance to corrosion and is used in many applications and sectors including solar power projects, roofing, white goods and appliances, furniture and substrate for color-coated steel.


In international trade parlance, dumping happens when a country or a firm exports an item at a price lower than the price of that product in its domestic market. Dumping of products impacts the price in the exporting country, hitting margins and profits of manufacturing firms.


According to global trade norms, a country is allowed to impose tariffs on such dumped products to provide a level- playing field to domestic manufacturers. The duty is imposed only after a thorough investigation by a quasi-judicial body, like DGTR in India.


In its probe, the directorate has to conclude whether the dumped products are impacting domestic industries. Imposing of anti dumping duty is permissible under the World Trade Organization (WTO) regime. The antidumping duty is aimed at ensuring fair trading practices and creating a level playing field for domestic producers vis-a-vis foreign producers and exporters.