The Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) has initiated sunset review investigation concerning imports of Melamine from China PR.
Responding to an application filed by the Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals Limited (GSFC) fo review of anti-dumping investigation concerning the imports of Melamine from China, the Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) has initiated sunset review investigation concerning imports of Melamine from China PR. Anti-dumping duty was first initiated in 2003 and imposed on the product in 2004 and was extended after many times.
Melamine, a tasteless, odorless, and non-toxic substance, is used for making melamine formaldehyde, which in turn is used in producing downstream products. Melamine formaldehyde resin used for laminates offer good hardness, resistance to scratch, stain, water and heat.
GSFC, the sole producer of Melamine in India, claims that Melamine, which are being dumped into India, are identical to the goods produced by the domestic industry. “There are no differences either in the technical specifications, quality, functions or end-uses of the dumped imports and the product under consideration manufactured by the applicant,” GSFC said in the application.
“The Authority notes that there is prima facie evidence of dumping and consequential injury to the domestic industry on account of volume effect i.e. significant imports, low production, capacity utilization, sales and market share and price effect due to positive and significant price undercutting and price underselling which has led to losses, cash losses and negative return on capital employed… Since this is a sunset review investigation, the Authority will also analyze the post period of investigation data to analyze the trend of imports,” the DGTR said in its notification dated Sept 22, 2020.
The period of investigation for the present investigation is April 2019 to March 2020 (12 month) and the injury period will cover the periods April 2016 - March 2017, April20l7 - March 2018, April 2018 - March 2019 and the period of investigation.
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