have urged the government to impose anti-dumping duty on imports of paper and newsprint
to protect the local industry.
India imported 3 million tonnes of paper and newsprint
in 2016-17, up from 2.61 million tonnes a year ago. In value terms, imports rose from Rs 12,284 crore in 2015-16 to Rs 13,937 crore a year later.
Imports from ASEAN
countries have grown at 24.54 per cent a year to 344,700 tonnes in 2016-17.
"The conventional markets for Chinese and Indonesian exporters are the US
and the EU. In both these markets anti-dumping or anti-subsidy tariffs have been imposed on import of paper and paperboard to protect their domestic industries," said Rohit Pandit, secretary-general, Indian Paper Manufacturers Association (IPMA).
India has 15.2 million tonnes of paper and newsprint manufacturing
capacity, which is not fully utilised. The mill-delivered cost of wood in India is $30-40 more per tonne than in other Asian countries.
"Under the India-ASEAN
free trade agreement, import duties on almost all tariff lines under paper and paperboard have been progressively reduced. From a base rate of 10 per cent, the basic customs duty came down to nil with effect from January 2014. Under the India-South Korea agreement, the basic customs duty has been progressively reduced and will be nil with effect from January 2018," Pandit said.