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CBIC imposes ADD on Printed Circuit Boards (PCB) imported from China PR and Hong Kong for 5 years pursuant to final findings of DGTR vide Notification No. 03/2024-Customs (ADD) | Dated: 14th March, 2024. 

The Ministry of Finance, Department of Revenue, has issued Notification No. 03/2024-Customs (ADD) on 14th March 2024, regarding the imposition of anti-dumping duty on Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) imported into India from China PR and Hong Kong.

The notification is a response to the findings of the designated authority, which concluded that the import of PCBs from China PR and Hong Kong has been conducted below normal values, causing material injury to the domestic PCB industry. As a result, an anti-dumping duty has been recommended and subsequently imposed to rectify this situation.

The duty, specified as a percentage of the CIF value of the subject goods, varies depending on the producer and country of origin. Notably, certain exclusions from the scope of the product under consideration have been outlined, including PCBs with specific characteristics such as more than 6 layers, those for mobile phone applications, and others.

The notification further elucidates the duration of the anti-dumping duty, which is set to be effective for a period of five years from the date of publication, unless revoked, superseded, or amended earlier.

In conclusion, the Ministry of Finance’s notification underscores the government’s commitment to safeguarding the interests of the domestic industry against unfair trade practices. By imposing anti-dumping duties on PCB imports from China PR and Hong Kong, the government aims to mitigate the adverse effects of dumping and promote a level playing field for Indian manufacturers in the PCB sector. This move is expected to bolster the competitiveness of the domestic industry and foster sustainable growth in the sector.

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MINISTRY OF FINANCE

(Department of Revenue)

Notification No. 03/2024-Customs (ADD) | Dated: 14th March, 2024

G.S.R. 197(E).Whereas in the matter of ‘Printed Circuit Boards (PCB)’ (hereinafter referred to as the subject goods) falling under tariff heading 8534 0000 of the First Schedule to the Customs Tariff Act, 1975 (51 of 1975) (hereinafter referred to as the Customs Tariff Act), originating in, or exported from China PR and Hong Kong (hereinafter referred to as the subject countries), and imported into India, the designated authority in its final findings, vide notification No. 6/16/2022-DGTR dated the 29th December, 2023, published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part I, Section 1, dated the 29th December, 2023, has interalia, come to the conclusion that—

(i) the subject goods have been exported to India from the subject countries below normal values;

(ii) the domestic industry has suffered material injury on account of subject imports from subject countries;

(iii) the material injury has been caused by the dumped imports of subject goods from the subject countries,

and has recommended imposition of an anti-dumping duty on the imports of subject goods, originating in, or exported from the subject countries and imported into India, in order to remove injury to the domestic industry.

Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-sections (1) and (5) of section 9A of the Customs Tariff Act read with rules 18 and 20 of the Customs Tariff (Identification, Assessment and Collection of Anti­dumping Duty on Dumped Articles and for Determination of Injury) Rules, 1995, the Central Government, after considering the aforesaid final findings of the designated authority, hereby imposes on the subject goods, the description of which is specified in column (3) of the Table below, falling under sub heading or tariff item of the First Schedule to the Customs Tariff Act as specified in the corresponding entries in column (2), originating in the countries as specified in the corresponding entries in column (4), exported from the countries as specified in the corresponding entries in column (5), produced by the producers as specified in the corresponding entries in column (6), and imported into India, an anti-dumping duty as a percentage of the CIF value of the subject goods as specified in the corresponding entries in column (7), of the said Table, namely:-

TABLE

Sl. No. Sub Heading or Tariff Item Description of Goods Country of
Origin
Country
of Export
Producer Duty as
% of
CIF
(1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7)
1 85340000 Printed Circuit Boards PCBs)* China PR Any country including China PR Ji’an Shengyi Electronics Co., Ltd. Nil
Shengyi Electronics Co., Ltd.
2 -do- -do- China PR Any country including China PR WUS Printed Circuit KEPZ (Kunshan) Co., Ltd. Nil
WUS Printed Circuit (Kunshan) Co. Ltd.
WUS Printed Circuit (Huangshi) Co., Ltd
3 -do- -do- China PR Any country including China PR Jiangxi Xusheng Electronics Co., Ltd Nil
4 -do- -do- China PR Any country including China PR Jiangmen Suntak Circuit Technology Co., Ltd. Nil
Shenzhen Suntak Multilayer PCB Co., Ltd.
Dalian Suntak Electronics Co., Ltd.
Dalian Suntak Circuit Co., Ltd.
Zhuhai Suntak Circuit Technology Co., Ltd.
5 -do- -do- China PR Any country including China PR Shenzhen Kinwong Electronic Co., Ltd. 14.78%
Jiangxi Kinwong Precision Circuit Co., Ltd.
Kinwong Electronic Technology (Longchuan) Co., Ltd.
Kinwong Electronic Technology (Zhuhai) Co., Ltd.
6 -do- -do- China PR Any country including China PR Kin Yip Technology Electronics (Huizhou) Co., Ltd. 75.72%
7 -do- -do- China PR Any country including China PR Shennan Circuits Co., Ltd. Nil
Nantong Shennan
Circuits Co., Ltd.
WuXi Shennan Circuits Co, Ltd.
8 -do- -do- China PR Any country including China PR Kalex Multi-Layer
Circuit Board
(Zhongshan) Ltd.
Nil
Merix Printed Circuits Technology Limited
Guangzhou Termbray Electronics Technology Co., Ltd.
Dongguan Meadville Circuits Co., Ltd.
9 -do- -do- China PR Any country including China PR Jiangxi Longhai Circuit Technology Co., Ltd. 8.23%
10 -do- -do- China PR Any country including China PR Shenzhen Xinweisai Electronics Co., Ltd. 14.06%
11 -do- -do- China PR Any country including China PR Kai Ping Elec & Eltek Company Limited Nil
Kai Ping Elec & Eltek No.3 Company Limited
12 -do- -do- China PR Any country including China PR Sunshine Global Circuits Co., Ltd. Nil
Jiu Jiang Sunshine Circuits Technology Co., Ltd.
13 -do- -do- China PR Any country including China PR Inno Circuits Limited 10.14%
14 -do- -do- China PR Any country including China PR Any, Other than S. No. 1 to 13 30%
15 -do- -do- Any country other than China PR and Hong Kong China PR Any 30%
16 -do- -do- Hong Kong Any country including Hong Kong Any 30%
17 -do- -do- Any country other than China PR and Hong Kong Hong
Kong
Any 30%

* The following PCBs are excluded from the scope of the product under consideration: –

i. PCBs with more than 6 layers

ii. PCBs for use in mobile phone applications

iii. Populated printed circuit boards of all sizes

iv. PCBs with embedded copper coin

PCBs with embedded copper coin are those PCBs where a metal block is embedded in the middle of the boards. PCBs with embedded copper coin are mainly used for high powered devices requiring high heat dissipation such as base station amplifier products.

v. Inlay PCB

Inlay PCBs are those where copper, aluminium or other material is inlaid or pressed into the printed circuit board and serves to dissipate the heat of an electronic component through the printed circuit board to a bottom side heat sink. The heat-emitting component (heat source) can be connected directly to the metal inlay. Inlay PCBs are mainly used for high-frequency and high-speed products.

vi. Plated Over Filled Via (POFV) PCB or Via-in-Pad PCB

POFV products are designed to save space by putting the conductive holes into the SMD (Surface Mounted Components) pads to be soldered. In order to avoid subsequent soldering paste flowing into the holes and causing false soldering, the holes need to be filled with resin in advance. Afterwards, the surface is plated flat so that the surface of the pads with holes is smooth and does not affect the soldering. In POFV PCBs, the surface is plated with copper. POFV PCBs are mainly used in products with high reliability requirements like wireless base station products, switches, and routers.

vii. High Density Interconnect (HDI) PCB

HDI PCB are those wherein holes are drilled through laser technology with holes size of ≤ 0.1mm. Drilling such small holes needs laser drilling. This is a technology with high processing severity. HDI PCBs are mainly used for high-density products like mobile phones, switches, and servers.

viii. Rigid-flex PCBs

Rigid-flex PCBs are the combination of flexible circuit boards and rigid circuit boards. Rigid-flex PCBs accommodate the good properties of both flexible boards and rigid boards. Rigid-flex products are mainly used in mobile phones, automobiles, industrial control and other applications where there is limited space for electronic parts installation.

ix. Packaging substrates / IC packaging

Packaging substrates or Integrated circuit (IC) substrate is a baseboard used for packaging of bare integrated circuit (semi-conductor) chips. They play a crucial role in connecting the PCB to the semiconductor chip. IC Substrate serves to capture the semiconductor chip, routing to link the chip with the PCB, and safeguard, support, and reinforce the IC chip, thereby giving it a thermal dissipation tunnel.

2. The anti-dumping duty imposed under this notification shall be effective for a period of five years (unless revoked, superseded or amended earlier) from the date of publication of this notification in the Official Gazette, and shall be payable in Indian currency.

Explanation. – For the purposes of this notification, rate of exchange applicable for the purposes of calculation of such anti-dumping duty shall be the rate which is specified in the notification of the Government of India, Ministry of Finance (Department of Revenue), issued from time to time, in exercise of the powers conferred by section 14 of the Customs Act, 1962 (52 of 1962), and the relevant date for the determination of the rate of exchange shall be the date of presentation of the bill of entry under section 46 of the said Act.

[F. No. CBIC-190354/29/2024-TRU Section-CBEC]

VIKRAM VIJAY WANERE, Under Secy.

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