Initiation of anti-dumping investigation into imports of Decor Paper from China PR (30.09.2020)

Product under consideration – “Uncoated paper in reel form of 40-130 GSM, having klemm absorbency of at least 12 mm per 10 minutes, wet tensile strength of 6-12 N/15 mm, and gurley porosity of 10-40 sec / 100 ml, containing titanium dioxide or pigments as filler”, also known as Decor Paper.

The product under consideration includes surfacing paper (white/off-white), liner (white / off-white), barrier paper, shuttering base, overlay paper and print base paper (color / white) but excludes printed ready-to-use decor paper.

HS Codes – 48059100 and 48022090

Uses – Base paper for high-pressure (HPL) or low-pressure (LPL) decorative laminates.

Country involved – China PR

Applicant – ITC Limited

Period of investigation – 2019-20

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

Facts of the present case – The present application has been filed pursuant to increase in volume of imports in absolute as well as relative terms, price undercutting and price suppressing effect of imports on domestic industry. The performance of the domestic industry has been adversely impacted in terms of market share and consequent decline in profits, cash profits and return on capital employed, as a result of increase in imports of product under consideration at injurious prices. The growth of domestic industry in terms of volume parameters has been sub-optimal and has declined in terms of profit parameters.

Consumer sector – Laminate industry