Initiation of sunset review into imports of glass fibre and articles thereof from China PR (25.09.2020)

Product under consideration – The present investigation has been initiated for imports of Glass Fibre and articles thereof, including glass roving [assembled rovings (AR) and direct rovings (DR)], glass chopped strands (CS) and glass chopped strands mats (CSM). The following types of glass fibre are not covered within the scope of product under consideration:

  1. Glass wool
  2. Fibre glass wool
  3. Fibre glass insulation in wool form
  4. Glass yarn
  5. Glass woven fabrics
  6. Glass fibre fabrics
  7. Glass woven rovings
  8. Chopped strands meant for thermoplastic applications
  9. Micro glass fibre with fibre diameter in the range of 0.3 to 2.5 microns
  10. Surface mat/ surface veil/ tissue
  11. Wet chopped strands
  12. Cemfil

HS Codes – 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.

Country involved – China PR

Applicants – Owens-Corning (India) Private LimitedandOwens-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 – The original anti-dumping duty on imports of subject goods from China PR were levied vide Notification No. 30/2011 – Customs dated 4th March 2011. The Designated Authority recommended extension of duties which were extended vide Notification No. 48/2016 – Customs (ADD) dated 1st September 2016. The current anti-dumping duty, if not extended, will expire on 31st August 2021. Another anti-dumping investigation has been initiated by the Designated Authority regarding imports of subject goods from Bahrain and Egypt on 4th August 2020.

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 and depressing effect on domestic industry. The domestic industry has been adversely impacted in terms of decline in sales, market share and consequent losses, cash losses and decline in return on capital employed, as a result of increase in imports of product under consideration at injurious prices. Further, the increased imports inspite of duties, continued dumping, higher rate of increase in imports than rate of increase in demand in India, decline in prices of imports, surplus capacity of exporters and injurious price of imports demonstrate that the dumping and injury are likely to continue in the event of expiry of duty.

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.