Acting on a complaint by a domestic producer, the government of India this week launched an investigation into allegations of dumping of aluminium and zinc-coated flat products by producers from the People’s Republic of China, Vietnam, and the Republic of Korea.
The investigation, which is to be undertaken by India’s Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR), will look into charges leveled by JSW Steel Coated Products. JSW is seeking both an anti-dumping probe and the imposition of a duty on flat-rolled steel products plated with aluminium or zinc.
As aluminium- and zinc-coated steel has superior corrosion resistance, it often finds use in solar power projects, roofing, appliances, and furniture.
In a statement released by the DGTR on the investigation, the body said it is in possession of “sufficient evidence” of dumping.
“The authority hereby initiates an investigation into the alleged dumping, and consequent injury to the domestic industry…to determine the existence, degree and effect of alleged dumping and to recommend the amount of antidumping duty, which if levied, would be adequate to remove the injury to the domestic industry.”
Should the DGTR establish that dumping had occurred, it is expected to follow JSW’s suggestion of antidumping duties on such products imported into India. The body will be investigating imports of aluminium- and zinc-coated steel between October 2017 to September 2018.