India levies anti-dumping duty phosphorus pentoxide from China

India levies anti-dumping duty on phosphorus pentoxide from China

10:08 AM, 9th April 2018
India levies anti-dumping duty on phosphorus pentoxide from China

NEW DELHI, INDIA: The revenue department of India has imposed an anti-dumping duty on the import of a chemical from China to protect the domestic manufacturers from cheap shipments.

As per a notification of the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), anti-dumping duty of $1,685.42 per metric tonne has been imposed on the import of phosphorus pentoxide from China.

The duty has been imposed for five years.

Phosphorus pentoxide is used as a powerful desiccant and dehydrating agent and is a useful building block and reagent in the chemical industry.

Acting on a complaint by Sandhya Dyes & Chemicals, the directorate general of Anti-Dumping and Allied Duties (DGAD) had carried out a probe into the imports of the chemical to ascertain if the shipments were causing injury to the domestic manufacturers of the chemical.

The probe was aimed at determining the “existence, degree and effect” of alleged dumping. It also recommended the quantum of the anti-dumping duty, which, if levied would be adequate to remove the injury to the domestic industry.

After the investigation, the DGAD concluded that the chemical was being exported to India below the normal value and that domestic industry suffered material injury on account of dumped imports.

Based on the recommendation of the DGAD, the revenue department imposed the levy on the import of the chemical from China.

Countries initiate anti-dumping probes to determine if the domestic industry has been hurt by a surge in below-cost imports. As a counter-measure, they impose duties under the multilateral WTO regime.

Anti-dumping measures are taken to ensure fair trade and provide a level-playing field to the domestic industry. They are not a measure to restrict imports or cause an unjustified increase in cost of products.

© PTI

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