Initiation of sunset review investigation concerning imports of Monoisopropylamine/ MIPA, originating in or exported from China PR (15.09.2022)

Product under consideration –

  1. The product under consideration is “Monoisopropylamine”, also known as “MIPA” or “iso-propylamine”.
  2. It is an organic compound, an amine. It is a base, as typical for amines. It is a hygroscopic colourless liquid with ammonia-like odor with melting point at −95.2 °C and boiling point at 32.4 °C. It is miscible with water, extremely flammable, with flash point at −37 °C. It is sold both in anhydrous and aquatic form depending on end use.

HS Code – 29211190 and 29211990.

Uses – Mainly used in glyphosate herbicide formulations, a key component of atrazine (another herbicide), a regulating agent for plastics, intermediate in organic synthesis of coating materials, plastics, pesticides, rubber chemicals, pharmaceuticals and others, and as an additive in the petroleum industry. 

Countries involved – China PR

Applicant – M/s Alkyl Amines Chemicals Limited

Period of investigation – 1st April 2021 to 31st March 2022 (12 months)

Injury period – 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21 and the period of investigation

Past investigations involving the product – The original anti-dumping duties on imports of the MIPA from the subject countries was imposed on 21st March 2018. Duties are set to expire on 20th March 2023.

Facts of the present case – The Authority has found prima facie evidence that subject goods have continued to be dumped into the Indian market from China PR. The Authority has also found that there is prima facie evidence of continuation of dumping and consequent injury on account of significant share of imports in the Indian demand, price undercutting, low profitability, third countries dumping, price attractiveness of the Indian market, injurious exports to other countries, significant capacities with Chinese producers, capacity expansion, likely suppressing impact of imports and likely injury to the domestic industry in event of cessation of duties. The information provided by the applicant, prima facie, shows continuation of dumping of subject goods from the subject country, and likelihood of injury to domestic industry in case of cessation of the antidumping duty. It is also noteworthy that this is first case wherein the DGTR has issued an economic interest questionnaire seeking inputs from all interested parties, regarding the impact of duties if imposed.