Anti-dumping duty Current Affairs - 2020

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India imposed Anti-dumping duty on Linen imports from China and Hong Kong

On 17 August the Finance Ministry has imposed definitive anti-dumping duty on ‘flax’ or ‘linen’ fabric imports from China and Hong Kong for period of five years.

Accordingly the revenue department has imposed anti-dumping duty of 0.75 US dollars per metre on ‘flax’ fabric imported from China and 0.65 UD dollars per meter fabric imported from Hong Kong.

The duty was recommended by Directorate General of Anti-Dumping Duty (DGAD) followed by petition filed by Jaya Shree Textiles, a unit of Aditya Birla Nuvo Ltd.

It should be noted here that the anti-dumping duty is applicable only on those flax fabrics with flax content of over 50 per cent.

About Linen:

Linen yarn is spun from the long fibers found just behind the bark in the multi-layer stem of the flax plant (Linum usitatissimum). ‘Flax’ is synonym for ‘linen’ which is primly used in the production of linen thread and fabric, which is a popular choice for warm-weather clothing.

Flax plants are cultivated for linen fiber in a number of countries including Poland, Belgium, Austria, France, Denmark, Switzerland, Germany, the Belgium’s flax plants yarns finest quality of linen.

Note: In year 2015 India had imposed anti-dumping duty on some of following products exported by China – Vitamin-C, Steel imports, CFL lamp, fibre glass, Vitamin E, Electronic Calculators, USB Flash Drives, Measuring tapes, Cast Aluminium Alloy Wheels or Alloy Road Wheels and many other products.

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India imposed Anti-dumping duty on potassium carbonate imports from Taiwan, South Korea

India has imposed definitive anti-dumping duty for period of five years on Potassium Carbonate imports from Taiwan and South Korea.

The duty was imposed by Union Finance Ministry based on the recommendations of the Directorate General of Anti-Dumping Duty (DGAD) that works under the aegis of Union Commerce Ministry.

This move was taken following the findings of Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) which concluded that Potassium Carbonate imports from Taiwan are entering in the Indian market at dumped prices.

The revenue department has imposed anti-dumping duty of 153 US dollar per tonne on Potassium Carbonate imports from Taiwan and 9.45 US dollar per tonne in case of imports from UNID Co Ltd, and 123.86 US dollar per tonne from all other exports from South Korea.

Potassium Carbonate
It is a white inorganic compound available in powder and granules form applicable in the manufacture of GLS Lamps, TV picture tubes, Ophthalmic glasses.

It has also important application in fertilizer industry, drugs and pharmaceuticals and Dyes and rubber industry.

What is Anti-Dumping Duty?

  • It is a trade duty imposed by any government on imported products which have prices less than their normal values in their domestic market.
  • Usually countries initiate anti-dumping probes to check if domestic industry has been hurt because of a surge in below-cost imports.
  • Anti-Dumping Duty is imposed under the multilateral WTO regime and varies from product to product and from country to country.
  • In India, anti-dumping duty is recommended by the Union Ministry of Commerce (i.e. Directorate General of Anti-Dumping Duty-DGAD), while the Union Finance Ministry imposes it.

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