Initiation of anti-dumping investigation into imports of Glass Fibre from Bahrain and Egypt

Product under consideration – The present investigation has been initiated into imports of glass fibre,  including glass roving [assembled rovings (AR) and direct rovings (DR)], glass chopped strands (CS), and glass chopped strands mats(CSM), excluding the following

a.       glass wool,

b.       fibre glass wool,

c.       fibre glass insulation in wool form,

d.      glass yarn,

e.       glass woven fabrics,

f.       glass fibre fabric,

g.       glass woven rovings

h.       chopped strands meant for thermoplastic applications,

i.        micro glass fibre with fibre diameter in the range of 0.3 to 2.5 microns,

j.        surface mat/surface veil/tissue. 

k.       Wet chopped strands

l.        Cemfil

HS codes – The prescribed codes for the product under consideration are 70191100, 70191200, 70191900, 7019,3100, 70193200 and 70199010. However, the product is also imported under other codes such as 70193900 and 70199090. Accordingly, DGTR has considered the tariff heading as 7019.

Uses – The product is used in a number of applications such as interiors of automobile parts, primary structural parts of airplanes, boat hulls, bridge constructions, electric power transmission and distribution, light poles, circuit boards, sports equipment such as skis, kayaks and canoes, blades and poles for wind energy, household appliances such as washers and air conditioners, business appliances such as copiers, cash registers, etc.

Countries involved – Bahrain and Egypt

Applicants –  Owens-Corning (India) Private Limited and Owens-Corning Industries (India) Private Limited

Period of investigation – 2019-20

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

Past investigations involved in the product – Anti-dumping investigations were earlier conducted in respect of imports of glass fibre from China PR. The duties were levied vide Notification No. 30/2011 – Customs dated 4th March 2011, and extended vide Notification No. 48/2016 – Customs (ADD) dated 1st September 2016. The duties continue to be in force.

Facts of the present case – The present application was filed pursuant to a significant increase in imports of glass fibre from Bahrain and Egypt. The applicants demonstrated that the imports had suppressed the prices of the domestic industry and were undercutting its prices. This had adversely impacted the performance of the domestic industry in terms of its profits, cash profits and return on investment. The DGTR has found sufficient prima facie evidence of dumping, injury and causal link, warranting initiation of investigation.

Consumer sector – The consumers of the product would belong to automobile, heavy transportation, aerospace, ballistics, defense & security, marine, infrastructure and public work, electrical, electronics & telecommunications, sports equipment, consumer household appliances, business equipment and wind energy sector.