The government has imposed anti-dumping duty of up to Rs 20 ($0.423) per kg on imports of carbon black used by the rubber industry to guard domestic players from cheap shipments from China, Australia, Thailand and Russia.
The duty ranges from $0.084 (about Rs 4) per kg to $0.423 (about Rs 20) per kg, Central Board of Customs and Excise (CBEC) said in a notification.
After reaching the conclusion, "the domestic industry has suffered material injury," Directorate General of Anti-dumping and Allied Duties (DGAD), the nodal agency under the Commerce Ministry, recommended this duty.
The government in the past has imposed anti-dumping duties on several products, including yarns, fabrics, colour picture tubes, some aluminium products and chemicals from various other markets.
Unlike safeguard duties, levied in a uniform way, anti-dumping duty varies from product to product and country to country.
The purpose of anti-dumping duties is to counteract trade distortions due to cheap imports and the consequential injury to the domestic industry.
It is not a measure to restrict imports or cause unjustified increase in cost of the products.