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Govt begins probe against China over dumping charges

Investigation relates to imports of belting fabric from China

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Govt begins probe against China over dumping charges

The government has started investigations into alleged of Chinese belting fabric used for making conveyor belts following a complaint from the Ltd.

The commerce ministry's investigating arm - the directorate general of and allied duties (DGAD) in a notification has said "sufficient prima facie evidence of dumping" of the product from exists to justify initiation of the probe.

"The authority hereby initiates an investigation into the alleged and consequent injury to the domestic industry...To determine the existence, degree and effect of any alleged dumping and to consider recommending an amount of duty, which if levied, would be adequate to remove the injury to the domestic industry," the notification added.

Ltd filed an application before the DGAD for the initiation of an investigation and imposition of the duty concerning of belting fabric.

If established that dumping has caused material injury to the domestic players, the directorate would recommend imposition of the dumping duty on the yarn.

Anti-dumping duties are levied to provide a level playing field to local industry by guarding against below-cost import.

The period of investigation covers April 2016 and March 2017.

Imposition of anti-dumping duty is permissible under the World Organisation (WTO) regime. Both and are members of the Geneva-based body.

The duty is aimed at ensuring fair trading practices and creating a level-playing field for domestic producers vis-a- vis foreign producers and exporters.

They are not a measure to restrict import or cause an unjustified increase in the cost of products.

Last month, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in a written reply to Rajya Sabha had informed that anti-dumping duty is in force on 93 products concerning from

First Published: Tue, August 29 2017. 14:57 IST