Initiation of anti-dumping investigation concerning imports of “Aluminium Foil” originating in or exported from China PR (21.03.2024)

Product description – The product under consideration is Aluminium Foil, excluding:

  1. Aluminium foil below 5.5 microns from China for non-capacitor applications. Aluminium foil for capacitors applications’ below 5.5 microns is within the scope of the product under consideration.
  2. Ultra-Light Gauge Converted foil meant for use in insulation, spices packing’ thermal fluid lines covering and tea bags application.
  3. Etched or formed aluminium foils meant for Electrolyic Capacitor.
  4. Aluminium composite panel meant for facade cladding and signage applications.
  5. Clad with compatible non clad aluminium foil.
  6. Aluminium foil for beer bottle.
  7. Aluminium- manganese- silicon based and/ or clad aluminium- manganese silicon based alloys, whether clad or unclad- with post brazing yield strength greater than 35 MPA, falling under tariff heading 7607 for use in heat exchangers including radiators, charge air coolers, condensers, oil coolers, heater cores, evaporators, heat ventilation and air conditioning systems and parts thereof.
  8. Adhesive tapes
  9. Colour coated aluminium foil

HS Codes – The product is classified under Chapter- 76 of the Customs Tariff Act, 1975 and imported under Heading 76071190, 76072090, 76072010, 76071110, 76071999, 76071991, 76071995, 76071910, 76071994, 76071993 and 76071992. The customs classification is only indicative and the same is not binding.

Uses – Aluminium foil is used extensively for protection, storage, and preparation of foods and beverages. It is used as a packaging material, for conservation and preservation of edible and food products.

Countries involved – China PR

Applicants – Hindalco Industries Ltd., Shyam Sel & Power Ltd., Shree Venkateshwara Electrocast Pvt. Ltd., Ravi Raj Foils Ltd., GSL Foils Product Pvt. Ltd., and LSKB Aluminium Foils Pvt. Ltd.

Period of Investigation – Applicant hadproposed period of investigation as 1st Oct. 2022 to 30th June 2023. However, on being directed by the Authority the period has been modified to 1st Oct 2022 to 30th Sept 2023. Therefore, the application is based on the data/ information for the period from1st Oct 2022 to 30th Sept 2023 (12 months).

Injury period – 2019 – 20, 2020 – 21, 1st April 2021 – 30th Sept 2022 and the period of investigation.

Facts of present case – The present application was filed pursuant to significant increase in volume of dumped imports from China PR both in absolute and relative terms.  The evidence submitted by the domestic industry shows injury to domestic industry on account of price depression preventing the domestic industry from increasing its prices to recover cost and achieve reasonable returns, adverse impact on profitability, negative cash profits, PBIT and ROCE, decrease in capacity utilization and increase in inventory levels. The evidence shows prima facie evidence of causal link between dumping from China PR and injury suffered by domestic industry. Further, the applicants have also requested for retrospective imposition of anti-dumping duty by claiming a history of dumping, with the dumping margin remaining significant on a monthly basis during the POI and a steep decline in the performance of the domestic industry.