India Extends AD Duty on Seamless Tube Imports from China
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India Extends AD Duty on Seamless Tube Imports from China

India's Central Board for Indirect Taxes and Customs has issued a notification on 7 May 2021 extending antidumping duties on imports of seamless tubes,

India's Central Board for Indirect Taxes and Customs has issued a notification on 7 May 2021 extending antidumping duties on imports of seamless tubes, pipes, hollow profile of alloy & non alloy steel from China until 31 October 2021. Under Secretary to the Government of India Mr Rajeev Ranjan ordered that “The anti-dumping duty imposed under notification No 7/2017-Customs (ADD), dated the 17th February 2017shall remain in force up to and inclusive of the 31st October, 2021, unless revoked, superseded or amended earlier.”

The extension of the AD duty on the products in question has been necessitated as the Director General of Trade Remedies (DGTR), which had in February 2021 launched a review of the rates, is yet to complete the process and the official levy was to expire on May 16.

The review of the existing AD duty follows application filed by domestic producers like ISMT Limited and Jindal SAW Limited with the DGTR seeking a review and continuation of the import protection, alleging that dumping of these products from China continued even after imposition of the duty and that there has been a significant increase in the volume of imports. The DGTR notification had said that, “there is a likelihood of continuation of dumping of these goods from China if the existing duty is allowed to expire. On basis of the duly substantiated application and having satisfied itself on the basis of prima facie evidence submitted by the domestic industry, the authority hereby initiates sunset review investigations.”

The scope of product under consideration in the original investigation was “The product is classified under Chapter 73 in heading 7304. Seamless lubes, pipes & hollow profiles of iron, alloy or non alloy steel (other than cast iron and stainless steel), whether hot finished or cold drawn or cold rolled of an external diameter not exceeding 355.6 nun or 14 OD.”

The following were excluded from the scope of product under consideration.

  1. Seamless Pipes & Tubes made of cast iron and stainless steel.

  2. Non API and Premium Joints, Premium Connections, Premium Threaded Tubes Pipes as prescribed under customs notification no. 12/12012 dated 17th March 2012 at serial number 356

  3. All 13 Chromium (13CR) Grade Tubes and Pipes

  4. Drill Collars.

  5. High pressure seamless steel pipe & tube used for manufacturing gas cylinders by producers approved by the Chief Controller of Explosives of Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation

The period of investigation in the present investigation is the period from 1st April, 2019 to 30th, September, 2020 (18 months)

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