CBIC imposed anti-dumping duty on Synthetic Grade Zeolite 4A imported from Thailand and Iran for 5 years pursuant to Final Findings issued by DGTR vide Notification No. 14/2023-Customs (ADD) | Dated: 11th December, 2023.

Introduction: The Ministry of Finance, Department of Revenue, has issued Notification No. 14/2023-Customs (ADD) | Dated: 11th December, 2023, announcing the imposition of anti-dumping duty on “Synthetic Grade Zeolite 4A.” This action comes in response to the findings of the designated authority, as published in the Gazette of India on 29th September 2023.

Detailed Analysis: The analysis reveals several key points:

1. Dumping Concerns: The designated authority found that the subject goods were exported to India below the normal value, indicating dumping practices.

2. Increased Imports: Imports from the subject countries (Iran and Thailand) witnessed a significant increase both in absolute and relative terms throughout the injury investigation period.

3. Price Underselling: The landed value of imports of Synthetic Grade Zeolite 4A from subject countries was considerably below the non-injurious price of the domestic industry, suggesting a substantial injury margin/price underselling.

Anti-Dumping Duty Details: The Central Government, in exercise of its powers, has imposed anti-dumping duty on Synthetic Grade Zeolite 4A originating in Thailand and Iran. The duty rates, applicable for a period of five years, are specified in the table provided in the notification.

Conclusion: This move aims to protect the domestic industry from unfair trade practices and create a level playing field. Importers and stakeholders are urged to take note of the anti-dumping duty rates and comply accordingly. The Customs authorities may also verify the origin of subject goods, especially if reported as originating in the United Arab Emirates. The anti-dumping duty, payable in Indian currency, is set to remain in effect for five years from the date of publication in the Official Gazette, unless revoked, superseded, or amended earlier. The rate of exchange for duty calculation will be as specified by the Government of India, Ministry of Finance (Department of Revenue), in exercise of the powers conferred by section 14 of the Customs Act, 1962. Stakeholders are advised to stay informed about any updates or amendments to this notification.

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MINISTRY OF FINANCE

(Department of Revenue)

Notification No. 14/2023-Customs (ADD) | Dated: 11th December, 2023

G.S.R. 888(E).—Whereas, in the matter of “Synthetic Grade Zeolite 4A” (hereinafter referred to as the subject goods), falling under tariff items 2842 90 90, 2826 90 00, 2839 90 90 and 2842 10 00 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 the Iran and Thailand (hereinafter referred to as the subject countries) and imported into India, the designated authority in its final findings, vide notification F. No. 6/5/2022-DGTR, dated the 29th September, 2023, published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part I, Section 1, dated the 29th September, 2023, has come to the conclusion inter alia that-

(i) the product under consideration has been exported to India at a price below normal value, thus resulting in dumping;

(ii) the imports from the subject countries have increased in absolute as well as relative terms throughout the injury investigation period;

(iii) the landed value of imports of the subject goods from subject countries is much below the non- injurious price of the domestic industry indicating significant injury margin/price underselling,

and has recommended imposition of anti-dumping duty on imports of the 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 Anti- dumping 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 the tariff item of the First Schedule to the Customs Tariff Act as specified in the corresponding entry in column (2), originating in the countries as specified in the corresponding entry in column (4), exported from the countries as specified in the corresponding entry in column (5), produced by the producers as specified in the corresponding entry in column (6), and imported into India, an anti-dumping duty at the rate equal to the amount as specified in the corresponding entry in column (7), in the currency as specified in the corresponding entry in column (9) and as per unit of measurement as specified in the corresponding entry in column (8) of the said Table, namely :-

Table

Sl. No.
Heading
Description
Country of Origin
Country of Export
Producer
Amount
Unit
Currency
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
(6)
(7)
(8)
(9)
1
28429090
28269000
28399090
28421000
Synthetic Grade Zeolite 4A
Thailand
Any country including Thailand
PQ Chemicals
(Thailand) Ltd.
54.09
MT
USD
2
-do-
-do-
Thailand
Any country including
Thailand
Any other than Row (1)
92.55
MT
USD
3
-do-
-do-
Any country other than Thailand and Iran
Thailand
Any
92.55
MT
USD
4
-do-
-do-
Iran
Iran
Any
179.96
MT
USD
5
-do-
-do-
Iran
Any other than Iran
Any
179.96
MT
USD
6
-do-
-do-
Any country other than Iran and Thailand
Iran
Any
179.96
MT
USD

Note : The customs authorities may verify the origin of subject goods in case imports are reported as originating in United Arab Emirates.

2. The anti-dumping duty imposed under this notification shall be levied 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 purpose of calculation of such anti-dumping duty shall be the rate which is specified in the notification of the Government of India, in the 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 Customs Act.

[F. No. CBIC-190354/220/2023-TRU]

NITISH KARNATAK, Under Secy.

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