Initiation of Anti-Circumvention investigation concerning alleged circumvention of antidumping duty imposed on imports of “Ceramic Tableware and Kitchenware, excluding knives and toilet items” originating in or exported from China PR, by imports of “Ceramic Tableware and Kitchenware, excluding Knives and Toilet Items” from Malaysia. (25.09.2020)

Product description – “Ceramic table wares and kitchen wares, excluding knives and toilet items”

HS Codes – The product is classified under sub-heading no. 6911 and 6912 of the Customs Tariff Act, 1975.

Uses – Ceramic tableware and kitchenware products are used for the purpose of eating, drinking and serving food and beverages in homes and hotels.

Countries involved – Malaysia

Applicants – Ceramic Tableware & Kitchenware Manufacturers Association. M/s Clay craft India Pvt Ltd and M/s Ceramic Tableware Pvt Limited, members of the Applicant association have expressly supported the application.

Period of investigation – 2019-20

Injury period – 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20

Past investigations involving the product – Anti-dumping investigation that concluded in recommendation of duty vide Notification No.14/05/2016-DGAD dated 8th December 2017. The duties were imposed by Ministry of Finance vide Notification No. 4/2018-Customs (ADD) dated 21st February 2018, and these measures are being circumvented.

Facts of the present case – The present application was filed pursuant to a significant increase in imports of subject goods from Malaysia since 2017-18 and decline in imports from China. The applicant submitted evidence that showed exports mostly being consigned via exporters that are not producers. Further, evidence was also submitted of non-availment of concessions under both AIFTA and MICECA, indicating that the minimum threshold for value addition is not being fulfilled. The applicant also demonstrated that the imports had undercut prices of the domestic industry and are also being dumped. The DGTR has found sufficient prima facie evidence of the imports from Malaysia undermining the remedial effects, warranting initiation of investigation.

Consumer sector – Hospitality sector and by end-consumers for personal consumption.