Initiation of anti-dumping investigation into imports of LDPE from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and the United States of America (23.10.2020)

Product under consideration – Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE) or high pressure polyethylene, excluding

  1. compounded LDPE and
  2. LDPE having density greater than 0.925 GM/cubic cm.

However, LDPE imported  for compounding in India is covered within the scope of the product under consideration.

LDPE is a type of polyethylene, having a density range of 0.910–0.935 grams per cubic centimeter and is often referred to as the branched polyethylene. It is produced using high-pressure reactors, either through tubular or stirred autoclaves.

HS Codes – 3901.

Uses – The product is used in applications requiring clarity, inertness, processing ease, sealability, moisture barriers, and good electrical properties. It is also used for producing trash bags, carrier bags, heavy duty bags, agricultural films, automatic packaging films and bags for food and sanitary articles, frozen food packaging, shrink and stretch hood film, surface protection film, lamination film, bubble wrap, adhesive tape backing films, foam for manufacture of mattresses etc.

Country involved – Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and the United States of America.

Applicants – Chemicals and Petrochemicals Manufacturers Association

Domestic industry – Reliance Industries Limited

Period of investigation – 1st April 2019 – 30th June 2020

Injury Period – 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19 and the POI

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 suppressing and depressing effect of imports on the prices of the domestic industry. The performance of the domestic industry has been adversely impacted in terms of increase in inventories and decline in profitability and return on capital employed.

Consumer sector – The consumers of the product are manufacturers of packaging materials, including bags, films, sanitary articles, frozen food packaging, bubble wrap and foam.