Initiation of sunset review investigation concerning imports of “Aluminium Foil 5.5 Micron to 80 Micron” from China PR (16.09.2021)

Product description – The product under consideration (PUC) is “Aluminium Foil 5.5 Micron to 80 Micron” excluding the following:

  1. Alu Alu Laminate
  2. Ultra Light Gauge Converted
  3. Aluminium Foil Composite
  4. Aluminum foil for capacitors
  5. Etched or formed Aluminium Foils
  6. Aluminium composite panel
  7. Clad with compatible non clad Aluminium Foil
  8. Aluminium Foil for beer bottle 

HS Codes – The product is classified under Chapter 76 the Customs Tariff Act, 1975 under subheading 7607. The subject goods is imported under various codes namely 760711, 76071110, 76071190, 760719, 76071910, 76071991, 76071992, 76071993, 76071994, 76071995, 76071999, 760720, 76072010.

Uses – The subject goods are used extensively for protection, storage, and preparation of foods and beverages, pharmaceutical packaging, cigarette industry for wrapping cigarettes, tabaco pacing (Gutkha), beer bottles etc.

Countries involved – China PR

Applicant – M/s. Hindalco Industries Ltd., M/s. Raviraj Foils Ltd., and M/s. Jindal Indian Ltd.

Period of investigation – April 2020 to March 2021.

Injury period –April 2017 to March 2018, April 2018 to March 2019, April 2019 to March 2020 and the period of investigation.

Past investigations involving the product – Anti-dumping duties were first levied vide notification no 23/2017- Customs (ADD) dated 16th May, 2017. The current anti-dumping duties, if not extended, will expire on 15th May 2022.

Facts of the present case – The present application was filed pursuant to dumping of subject goods from China PR. The applicants submitted that there is likelihood of continuation or recurrence of dumping and injury to the domestic industry. The DGTR has found sufficient prima facie evidence of likelihood of continuation or recurrence of dumping and injury in the event of cessation of duty, thus, warranting initiation of investigation.

Consumer sector – The consumers of the product would primarily be Packaging market, pharmaceutical Industry, cigarette industry etc.