India has extended the anti-dumping duty on import of melamine from China for five years. The justification is that continued dumping of the chemical product from China is causing injury to the domestic industry. Melamine is used in beauty and utility products.
India first imposed the restrictive duty on melamine imported from China in November 2004. The duty stretched up to February 18, 2016. It has now been extended for five more years. It was felt that if the anti-dumping duty were to be withdrawn, dumping of goods from China and injury to the domestic market is likely to continue or intensify.
India has also imposed a levy on imports of mulberry raw silk from China to protect the domestic industry from cheap inbound shipments. Imports of the silk from China increased considerably during April 2013 to June 2014.
Anti-dumping measures are taken to ensure fair trade and provide a level playing field to domestic industry. It is not a measure to restrict imports or cause an unjustified increase in the cost of products.