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DGAD cites ‘insufficient evidence’ on anti-dumping duty on PSF imports

The Directorate General of Anti-dumping and Allied Duties (DGAD), under the Ministry of Commerce, says the imposition of anti-dumping duty is not needed on imports of polyester staple fibre (PSF) from China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. The period of investigation was from April 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016.

The investigation started due to an application filed by Alok Industry, Indo Rama Synthetics and The Bombay Dyeing for imposition of anti-dumping duty on import of non-dyed PSF ranging from 0.6 to 6 Deniers, excluding recycled PSF and specialty fibres such as cationic dyeable, fire/flame retardant, low melt and bi-component fibres from the above mentioned countries.

Non-dyed PSF from 0.6 to 6 Deniers are used to spin yarn of 100 per cent PSF or in blends with natural, artificial and/or synthetic staple fibres to manufacture textiles, sewing thread, other industrial textiles, nonwoven applications, and more DGAD said in its final findings, “Though the import of product under consideration (PUC) has increased during POI as compared to base year, however, the quantum is not substantial as compared to total demand in India. The share of imports is only 7 per cent which is not significant enough to cause material injury to domestic industry. The PUC has been exported to India from all the subject countries at dumped prices as compared to its normal value in the respective subject countries. However, the same are not solely responsible for causing material injury to the domestic industry as reflected by the analysis of various economic parameters,” it added.

The investigation concluded that “there is insufficient evidence to conclusively establish that dumping has caused material injury to the domestic industry. It is evident by the positive growth in domestic industry’s production capacity, production, sale volume, market share etc.”