Final Findings Issued Recommending Continuation Of Anti-Dumping Duty On Imports Of Plain Medium Density Fibre Board From Malaysia, Thailand And Sri Lanka (11.01.2021)

Product description – The product under consideration is Plain Medium density fiberboard, or Plain MDF Board having a thickness of 6mm or more. It is a composite wood product made out of wood waste fibres glued together with urea formaldehyde resin or melamine resin by applying heat and pressure. Laminated Medium Density Fibreboard and Plain Medium Density Fibreboard below 6mm thickness are excluded from scope.

HS Codes – 44.11

Uses – It is widely used for partitions, Modular furnitures, cabinets etc. due to its smooth and uniform finish. MDF Board is produced in plain form and lamination is additional processing which is carried out after production of Plain MDF Board.

Country involved China PR, Malaysia, Thailand and Sri Lanka

Applicants M/s Greenply Industries Limited/Greenpanel Industries Limited, Century Plyboards (India) Limited and Rushil Décor Limited.

Date of initiation – 28-02-2020

Period of investigation – 1st April 2018 to 30th September 2019

Injury period – 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and the period of investigation.

Dumping margin, Injury Margin & Proposed Duty – The following exporter specific dumping margin, injury margin and proposed duty has been determined by the Designated Authority:

Producer Dumping margin Range Injury Margin Range Proposed Duty (US$/MT)
Panel Plus MDF Co. Ltd., Thailand 10-20 Negative 45.27
Thailand – Any other producers/exporters 25-35 0-10 45.27
Robin Resources (Malaysia) SDN. BHD., Malaysia 0-10 10-20 13.29
Malaysia – Any other producers/exporters 15-25 40-50 36.10
All producers/exporters from China PR Negative (15-25) No duty recommended.
All producers/exporters from Sri Lanka  30-40 10-20 26.49

Key findings –

  1. The exporter questionnaire responses filed by Advance Fibre & Wisewoods were rejected as they were not filed in the prescribed manner.
  2. Since the issue of PCN was dealt with in the previous investigation where the Authority decided not to adopt PCN methodology and no justification was provided to deviate from past practice, no PCN methodology was adopted in the investigation.
  3. There is continued dumping of the subject goods from subject countries and imports are likely to enter the Indian market at dumped prices in the event of expiry of duty except for China.
  4. Overall performance of the domestic industry has deteriorated and the domestic industry has suffered continued injury.
  5. There is a likelihood of continuation of dumping and injury in case the anti-dumping duty in force against imports from Thailand, Malaysia and Sri Lanka is allowed to cease.
  6. The exporters are required to establish absence of likelihood of dumping and injury in the event of cessation of anti-dumping duties in an SSR investigation even if there was no current dumping.