Initiation of Sunset Review Investigation concerning imports of ‘Plain Medium Density Fibreboard having thickness 6mm and above’ from Vietnam. (07.06.2021)

Product description – “Plain Medium Density Fibre Board (MDF) having thickness of 6mm and above”. Laminated MDF Board and plain medium density fibreboard having thickness less than 6mm have been excluded from the product scope.

HS Code – 44111300 and 44111400.

Uses – It is widely used for partitions, modular furniture, cabinets, etc., due to its smooth and uniform finish.

Countries involved – Vietnam.

Applicants – Greenply Industries Limited/ Greenpanel Industries Limited and Rushil Décor Limited.

Period of investigation – 1st July, 2019 to 31st December, 2020 (18 months).

Injury period – 1st April, 2016 – 31st March, 2017, 1st April, 2017 – 31st March, 2018, 1st April, 2018 – 30th June, 2019 and the period of investigation.

Past investigations involving the product – The original anti-dumping duties on imports of the product from Indonesia and Vietnam was imposed in 2016.

The first anti-dumping duties on the imports of the product from China PR, Malaysia, Thailand and Sri Lanka was imposed in 2009, which was extended in 2015. The Authority has recommended further extension of duties on the imports of the product from Malaysia, Thailand and Sri Lanka on 8th January, 2021.

Facts of the present case – The Authority has found prima facie evidence of dumping and consequential injury to the domestic industry on account of deterioration in capacity utilization, suppressing and depressing effect of the imports, positive and significant price undercutting, and decline in profit before tax, cash profit and return on capital employed. Further, the Authority also examined likelihood of injury on account of surplus capacities, inventories, export orientation, capacity expansion, etc. and found that there was prima facie evidence of likelihood of continuation/recurrence of dumping from Vietnam and consequent injury to the domestic industry.